Skype for Business will give businesses Surface Hub-like collaboration on a budget
"Microsoft wants to help businesses bring their meeting rooms into the future of videoconferencing without spending a whole lot of dough. That's why it announced two new Skype for Business initiatives aimed at getting existing technology connected to its work communications service.
The first, codenamed Project Rigel, is aimed at helping companies turn meeting rooms into videoconferencing centres able to host interactive Skype meetings, without having to shell out thousands of dollars per room for a Surface Hub collaboration display.
Microsoft's Surface Hub gives a company a Skype Meeting device in a compact package, but it's expensive. The Hub packs a display, multiple cameras, microphones and a touchscreen into one package that integrates with Skype for Business to host meetings that can include participants both in the room and far away.
It's a cool piece of technology but comes with a commensurate price tag – the cheap version of the Surface Hub costs $9,000 per device, while the more expensive 84-inch display costs a shocking $22,000.”
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