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Microsoft Starts Delivery of Latest Windows 10 Feature Update to Surface Hub 2S Devices

Microsoft last week announced that users of Surface Hub 2S videoconference screens soon will be getting the latest Windows 10 feature update.

Distribution of the new operating system, called the "Windows 10 Team 2020 Update," will get staggered according to region. Some Surface Hub 2S users will see it as early as Oct. 27, while others will have to wait until December.

Here's Microsoft's OS distribution schedule for Surface Hub 2S devices:

Delivery dates for the Windows 10 Team 2020 Update for Surface Hub 2S devices. (Source: Oct. 22 Microsoft Tech Community post)

The Windows 10 Team 2020 Update is based on Windows 10 version 20H2, which was released on Oct. 20, 2020. Microsoft expects IT pros to calculate OS support from that Oct. 20 date, even if they got the OS in December.

When the Windows 10 Team 2020 Update bits arrive, it's expected to take an hour to apply the new feature update to Surface Hub devices. IT pros need to update the Surface Hub's compute unit and its touch display at the same time, Microsoft noted. The simultaneous updating is required to avoid potential "driver/firmware compatibility issues," the announcement explained.

Surface Hub devices can be updated using the Windows Update for Business service, as well as the Windows Update service. It's also possible to use a "bare metal recovery image" to install the feature update, which might be the approach used when organizations don't permit Internet connections to the device.

Some organizations may be using Windows 10 version 1703 on Surface Hub devices. Microsoft has continued support for that OS on Surface Hub devices even though the OS actually fell out of support for PCs back on Oct. 8, 2019. Microsoft's announcement pointed out that support for Windows 10 version 1703 on Surface Hub devices also will be ending. The last security patches for it will arrive on Dec. 8, 2020.

Microsoft's announcement just pertained to Surface Hub 2S devices. Older first-generation Surface Hub devices aren't getting the new OS bits as of yet. Microsoft expects to provide more information later for those users.

Microsoft's announcement didn't include any mention of Surface Hub 2X devices, which were supposed to have arrived on the market sometime this year. Those devices, which were said to support multiple user log-ins and have screen-tiling capabilities, reportedly aren't coming to market or got delayed.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.

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