Microsoft Surface Hub to ship starting January 1, 2016

Microsoft's Surface Hub conferencing system will begin shipping on January 1, 2016, rather than September 1, 2015, as originally planned.

Microsoft's Surface Hub conferencing system won't begin shipping until January 1, 2016, as company officials notified users on August 12.

Microsoft began taking pre-orders for the coming systems as of July 1. Originally, the plan was for Microsoft to begin shipping units worldwide starting on September 1.

Back in July, Microsoft attributed the delay to stronger than anticipated demand and the need to tune its manufacturing accordingly.

Surface Hub is Microsoft's successor to its large-screen Perceptive Pixel displays.

Microsoft officials said the 55-inch, Intel Core i5-based Surface Hub model will go for $6,999 (estimated retail price), and the Intel Core i7-based 84-inch version for $19,999 ERP.

The Surface Hub systems, which run a custom version of Windows 10, are pre-assembled, customized multi-touch, digital-ink-enabled collaboration systems. Both Surface Hub models include custom-designed versions of OneNote, Skype for Business and Microsoft's Office apps. They also will be able to run Universal Windows apps available from the unified Windows Store. Two pens and a wireless keyboard will be part of the systems out of the box, as well.

Pre-orders for the coming devices are continuing.


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