A Visit with Microsoft

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When we think conference room and collaboration technology, we too often think of audiovisual collaboration technology, and when we think about that we think of a small set of traditional AV manufacturers, largely unknown to those outside of the industry. We think of control system manufacturers such as Extron and Crestron, of Vaddio and its […]

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Will Microsoft Be Able to Continue to Rip People Off With Their Surface HUB?

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With the deluge of new “Collaboration Boards” that will hit the market over the next six months (this was the most popular launch product at ISE this month), there’s no question that Microsoft will have to cut the price of their Surface Hub. They can’t keep ripping people off at $8,000 — $9,000 (55″) and $20,000 (84″) […]

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AV Futures?

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Last week the Integrate Expo took place in Melbourne, Australia and one thing seemed to stand out, according to rAVe, which was LG’s OLED Wallpaper (below). Is this indeed the future of AV? Is it the future of display technology? You can be the judge, I do have my own thoughts. Prepare to be BLOWN […]

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Microsoft Won’t Be — But Its Surface Hub Will be at ISE at AVI-SPL Stand

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Demonstrations of the Microsoft Surface Hub can be seen on the AVI-SPL stand throughout ISE 2016. The Microsoft Surface Hub is a collaboration display, designed to help teams work together and make meetings more productive. The AVI-SPL team are illustrating the Hub’s ability to combine video conferencing, whiteboarding and annotation, even for remote participants. Visitors […]

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Crestron Adds Microsoft Surface Hub Meeting Room Packages

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Crestron has extended the meeting room experience for Surface Hub users by natively integrating Microsoft’s large format collaboration device with Crestron control technology. The solution is available in two complete turnkey packages, plus optional accessories. Built on the Crestron .AV Framework platform, these packages designed for Surface Hub deployments can be configured from Crestron’s TSW […]

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AMX and Microsoft Announce Partnership to Integrate Surface Hub with AMX Meeting Room Control Ecosystem

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At InfoComm, Microsoft and AMX announced that they have entered into a partnership to integrate Microsoft’s Surface Hub collaboration system with AMX control. Microsoft Surface Hub is a collaboration system that features a Windows 10-based 55″ HD or 84″ 4K display serving as a focal point for typical activities that take place during a collaboration […]

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Crestron to Deliver a Microsoft Surface Hub Collaboration Solution at InfoComm

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Microsoft Surface Hub is now natively compatible with Crestron, thus, in collaboration with Microsoft, Crestron technology natively integrates with Microsoft Surface Hub. The new solution combines the premier large format Windows touch appliance with the leading global solution in control, automation, and video distribution. Pairing a Crestron DigitalMedia Presentation System (DMPS), TSW touch screen, TSS […]

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Here’s a Video of the Surface Hub Press Conference: Unlock the Power of Big Data Via Microsoft

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We actually shot video of the entire Microsoft press conference conference today so you can see the way they’re promoting the Surface Hub 84” multi-touch tablet/flat panel display to the ProAV market. It’s an interesting pitch as it’s big-data focused rather than application focused. I suspect that the Microsoft folks didn’t necessarily consider they audience […]

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Gary Interviews Director Product Marketing Andrew Stillman for Microsoft Surface Hub

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Ever since we broke the story that Microsoft would launch the 84” Surface Hub in their booth at ISE, everyone in the AV market’s been talking about what Microsoft would do with it and what features it would have. Well, now you’ll know as Gary did a one-on-one interview with their Director of Product Marketing […]

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Microsoft Has Figured Out What Sharp, InFocus, SMART Technologies and Clary Icon Already Knew

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Although SMART Technologies invented the interactive whiteboard market, and therefore indirectly invented the interactive display market, companies like InFocus — with Mondopad — and Clary Icon as well as Sharp have developed it into more of a mainstream product category in recent years. So much so that Microsoft has now, well, copied it — but, […]

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Microsoft Will Fill Its ISE Show Stand with 84″ Surface Hub Monitors

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Microsoft is officially in the AV market, launching an 84” LED-lit LCD display called the Surface Hub. Surface Hub is integrated with the brand-new Windows 10 that launched today and is a multi-touch 4K resolution 84-inch display that it’s aiming to have AV integrators (yes, you read that right — a source told us that […]

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