Microsoft is getting ready to launch the Surface Hub 2 this year. The company confirmed on Friday that it is working on a new version of its hugely successful interactive whiteboard, though it is not giving away many details on the new product as of yet.
The company has been believed to be working on the Surface Hub 2 for a while, internally known as Aruba. Microsoft plans to announce the new Surface Hub in the first half of this year, and it will bring improved hardware design as well as new software. Microsoft plans on bringing the software features to the original Surface Hub with a software update this year as well.
“Surface Hub created an entirely new device category and we’re thrilled with the strong momentum we have seen across the globe. We’re working on V2 and will share more in the first half of this year,” said a spokesperson, confirming the company’s plans.
Microsoft’s Surface Hub has been a surprise hit for the company, and the company has over 5000 customers across 25 markets worldwide — up from the 2000 customers figure it shared back in December 2016. Microsoft told Thurrott.com that the company will not be able to meet the stronger demand for the device this year due to difficulties in production at a huge scale. Redmond is informing customers about the inventory issues this week, and they can choose to either get the original Surface Hub or wait for the next-gen Surface Hub, which we expect to be announced this May at Build 2018.
In other, related news, Microsoft is working on bringing native integration for its Teams service to the Surface Hub in the coming months as well.