We expected to see Cortana and more multitasking features, but Microsoft says some of the limitations are by design.
For $21,999, I expected a little more from Microsoft’s new Surface Hub.
Don’t get me wrong: the Hub’s 84-inch 4K touchscreen, flanked by a pair of eye-height, 1080p cameras, videoconferencing, and full Windows 10 capabilities—all makes for one very impressive package, especially when it dominates one wall of a room. Heck, it practically is the wall.
But what Microsoft executives called “version 1.0” of the Surface Hub lacks capabilities I can’t help but think most customers would expect. There’s no co-inking. Presentations can be saved, but just as a final image—you can’t save audio or a “recording” of the collaboration. Cortana is absent. You can use Windows 10’s nifty “snap” feature to shift windows across the screen, but only two can be shown at a time.