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Steelcase and Microsoft introduce technology-enabled spaces

Steelcase and Microsoft have jointly developed a range of technology-enabled spaces designed to foster creative thinking and aid collaboration. The spaces integrate Microsoft Surface devices with Steelcase architecture and furniture.

Aiding creative thinking
Aiding creative thinking

Research by the two companies found that during the creative process people need to work alone, in pairs and in different size groups, using a range of devices that are mobile and integrated into the physical workplace.

Sara Armbruster, vice president of strategy, research and new business innovation for Steelcase, said: “The problems people face at work today are much more complex than they used to be. They require a new creative way of thinking and a very different work process. We believe that everyone has the capacity for creative thinking, and people are happier doing creative productive work. Together, Microsoft and Steelcase will help organisations thoughtfully integrate place and technology to encourage creative behaviours at work.”

The five ‘Creative Spaces’ are:

Focus Studio:
A space for focused work with Microsoft Surface Book or Surface Pro 4.

Duo Studio:
Where two people can co-create shoulder-to-shoulder, while also supporting individual work with Microsoft Surface Studio.

Ideation Hub:
Where people can co-create, refine and share ideas with co-located or distributed teammates on Microsoft Surface Hub.

Creative productive work
Creative productive work

Maker Commons:
A space designed to encourage quick switching between conversation, experimentation and concentration, using a mix of Surface devices, such as Surface Hub and Surface Book.

Respite Room:
A private room for quiet and individual thinking time.

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