Microsoft is readying a Surface Hub 2 display

Microsoft is finally building a Surface-branded display with no compute included. It will be available later in 2019.

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Many Surface users have been asking Microsoft to make a standalone Surface-quality display for a few years now. On April 17, officials confirmed that such a device -- a Surface Hub 2 display -- is in the works. 

From Microsoft's blog post about its Surface Hub 2S devices: 

"Later this year, we will also offer Surface Hub 2 Display, for spaces that need a great pen and touch enabled interactive display, without the compute, as well as a new configuration option for Surface Hub 2S customers to run Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise on their device(s) for specialized app scenarios." 

Microsoft isn't yet sharing pricing or specs for this device. However, it will be a multi-touch device that works with Surface Pens and the Surface cameras that work with the Surface Hub 2S conferencing systems.

Also: Microsoft Surface Hub 2S: Pricing, specs, availability

As mentioned above in the Microsoft blog post, there also will be a special SKU of Surface Hub 2S that will allow users to run Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. I don't have more yet on the pricing, availability or purpose for that SKU.

Update: There were no Surface Hub 2 displays available for us to see/try at the New York City Surface Hub 2S launch today, but Microsoft officials said they'd basically look like the Surface Hub 2 50-inch device, minus the compute component. 

The ability to replace the Windows 10 Teams OS that is in the Surface Hub 2 with regular Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise is a feature that some customers have been requesting, Microsoft officials said. By doing this, users will be able to run Win32 apps on the 2S devices. Normally, these devices would run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications -- not even "Centennial" Win32 apps in the Store -- only. Some customers want to run custom Win32 applications on these large screen, multi-touch devices, so Microsoft is offering them this option. No pricing for these configurations is currently publicly available.