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Microsoft has finally made its Teams collaborative software available for the big-bastard-screen Surface Hub. The Microsoft Teams app has been in preview for a few months, available to those brave enough to add its jumped-up whiteboard to the Windows Insider programme. Now, assuming you've kept your Surface Hub relatively up …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Annoying we'll need to disconnect the XBox from the mobile Surface Hub now business peeps want to use it for tedious 'conferencing'

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Go ahead and kill Skype, Microsoft

    Typical of these multinationals to take something useful and kill it because they think they have something better, or with more bells & whistles.

    That will give the opportunity for some startup to create a new Skype, with the functionality we need, not the stuff Microsoft wants. Of course, if it works, the startup will become a success, will get noticed by a multinational, and get bought, the product will get changed and bloated, and the cycle will start over again.

    But doing a VoIP app is not difficult, so losing Skype will only be a temporary inconvenience.

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: Go ahead and kill Skype, Microsoft

      Isn't it Skype for Business, The Clusterfuck Formally Known As Lync, in which case you'd have people queuing up to load the shutgun so MS can pull the trigger.

      Shame MS still can't work out which features to port to Teams before doing the deed. Want to IM and screenshare at the same time...? Naaah, you've got to call + screenshare. Why? Who knows.

  3. Waseem Alkurdi

    available to those brave enough to add its jumped-up whiteboard to the Windows Insider programme.

    A BOFH, no less.

    Hey, why has that board restarted for updates mid-board-presentation?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      A BOFH, no less

      Combining Microsoft Translator APIs with proprietary Microsoft neural network technologies, you too can configure your Surface Hub to convert written English into displayed Klingon in near real time. BOFHs that have opted to sully themselves with Active Directory knowledge can enforce this behavior via Group Policy.

      "Stupid Qapla Ransomware!"

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Haha, well we only have a group of techies using ours - so OF COURSE we put it onto insider!

      Only took about 5 rebuilds to get it working - what could possibly go wrong?

  4. Trixr

    the irony

    version of the Windows 10 OS used by the Surface Hub is a different beast to that found on desktops. The user interface, for example, runs a shell geared for prodding in a meeting room. The lock screen is replaced by a welcome screen and user sign-in is a very different experience..

    So this toy gets a custom shell, but they can't figure out how to do that on the GUI version of Server 2016? No, we have to get super-critical services like XBox Live Game Save and Wallet Service installed on a *server*. Good their priorities are sorted.

  5. RudderLessIT
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    Very interested in the new version

    We purchased 3 and they ran really well - we did have some random issues, but overall the experience was great.

    My penny drop momement was when I visited a prestigious medical research facility in Sydney, who had all the $$$ and great meeting rooms that were fitte out with the best Cisco gear with mini rack, lighting etc.. and in the corner, the whiteboard on wheels - and guess what was used the most?

    What I don't understand is how the whiteboard will work across multiple hubs - it's something that was not an issues for our 80 inch device.

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