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Microsoft Surface Hub conferencing system starts shipping

Microsoft's Surface Hub conferencing system, available in two large-screen models, finally are starting to ship to customers worldwide.

After a few delays, Microsoft's Surface Hub conferencing system has started shipping to customers, Microsoft officials said on March 25.

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Surface Hub is Microsoft's successor to its large-screen Perceptive Pixel displays. The Surface Hub systems, which run a custom version of Windows 10, are pre-assembled, customized multi-touch, digital-ink-enabled collaboration systems.

Microsoft first unveiled its Surface Hub systems in January 2015, with availability slated for September 1, 2015.

In August 2015, Microsoft officials said to expect the 55-inch Surface Hub model to be priced at $6,999 and the 84-inch model at $19,999. The systems were set to begin shipping January 1, 2016. But in late December, officials adjusted those prices upward to $8,999 and $21,999, respectively and said the Surface Hub systems would ship in the first calendar quarter of 2016.

Both Surface Hub models include custom-designed versions of OneNote, Skype for Business and Microsoft's Office apps and are able to download additional custom apps from the Windows Store for Business (not the regular Windows 10 Store). Two pens and a wireless keyboard will be part of the systems out of the box, as well.

Microsoft is selling Surface Hubs through a variety of resellers and distributors.