As part of its recent Windows 10: The Next Chapter event, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Hub, a large wall- or trolley-mounted touchscreen computer designed to integrate videoconferencing, whiteboarding and multimedia presentations. Slated for release later this year and currently short of detailed specifications and pricing, the Surface Hub is an intriguing product (somewhat overshadowed on 21 January by Microsoft's virtual/augmented reality HoloLens system) that could have a lot to offer certain types of business.

But where did the Surface Hub spring from, and what effect on the videoconferencing and whiteboarding markets is it likely to ...

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