Computex 2018 | Microsoft introduces Windows Collaboration Displays for the modern meeting room

A Sharp Windows Collaboration Display. (Source: Microsoft)
A Sharp Windows Collaboration Display. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft took to the stage at Computex 2018 to demonstrate a new class of meeting room devices. Dubbed Windows Collaboration Displays, these devices are meant for the modern meeting room and come with a full suite of Microsoft 365 collaboration tools and built-in sensors that can interface with Azure IoT spatial intelligence capabilities.

Microsoft took meeting room collaboration to the next level with the Surface Hub and the recently announced Surface Hub 2 but what if you wanted to just extend your PC to room scale without paying through the nose for a Surface Hub? Enter Windows Collaboration Displays.

At Computex 2018, Microsoft announced that Windows Collaboration Displays will extend the capabilities of traditional Windows 10 PCs for the modern meeting room. These new class of devices will let team members use Microsoft 365 tools such as Office, Teams, and Whiteboard in a modern collaborative environment. These devices also come with built-in sensors that connect to Azure IoT spatial intelligence capabilities. That means, these devices can intelligently control the heating and cooling requirements of a meeting room and also, manage room booking systems based on how the meeting space is actually being used.

Microsoft said Sharp and Avocor will be introducing Windows Collaboration Displays later this year. Hopefully, they come at various screen sizes and price points to make them appealing to both educators and large enterprises alike.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-06- 6 (Update: 2018-06-19)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.