Participants in the room with smartphones that support Miracast technology can wirelessly stream documents to the Surface Hub.
The potential market for the Surface Hub is a big one, potentially encompassing every conference room, Forrester's Gillett said.
Pricewise, it's competitive with many advanced conference-room setups involving smart boards and expensive projectors. It's a bargain compared with telepresence systems offered by the likes of Cisco and Polycom, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Gillett said.
The device may also have a cost-saving factor in that it can be managed like any other Windows device when it comes to issues such as software updates. So companies won't need a separate AV team to manage conference equipment, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft says a number of companies have already shown interest in the Surface Hub. Cleveland Clinic hopes to procure one to help medical students with brainstorming. The Chicago law firm Bartlit Beck and the New York-based Shop Architects also are interested in the product, Microsoft said.
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