What you need to know
- The Surface Hub 2X is significantly delayed, and potentially cancelled according to a new report.
- The Surface Hub 2X is the version of the Surface Hub 2 set to run a version of Windows Core OS.
- The development of Windows Core OS might be the cause of the Surface Hub 2X's delay and potential cancellation.
Microsoft's upcoming Surface Hub 2X is significantly delayed and potentially cancelled according to a new report by Petri. According to Petri's Brad Sams, reports that people familiar with the company's plans indicate that the Surface Hub 2X is at minimum delayed, and potentially might never ship. Sams' sources also indicate that Windows Core OS, the operating system that powers the Surface Hub 2X might be taking longer to develop than expected, potentially contributing to the delay.
Last December, our senior editor Zac Bowden checked in on the status on the Surface Hub 2. In that report, Bowden states that the version of Windows Core OS that was built specifically for the Surface Hub 2X, codenamed Aruba, is cancelled. Bowden added that the Surface Hub 2X will ship with Windows 10X instead, though Microsoft might not refer to it as Windows 10X when on the Surface Hub 2X.
The Surface Hub 2X is the Windows Core OS variant of Microsoft's second generation Surface Hub. The Surface Hub 2X was shown off in a video by Microsoft with a lot of fanfare. Notably, that video is now missing from the blog post announcing the Surface Hub 2. In fact, Microsoft appears to have removed all assets and mentions of the Surfacae Hub 2X from the blog post.
Sams reached out to Microsoft regarding the device and received a response that does not directly address if the Surface Hub 2X has been cancelled or delayed. Instead, it focuses on the 85-inch version of the Surface Hub and an OS update to the Surface Hub.
We have an ongoing dialogue with our customers on Hub and are working to align the roadmap to best meet their needs. The top two priorities for Hub in 2020 are deploying the 85" device and rolling out an OS update that includes many top features customers have been requesting since Surface Hub 2S launched, including improving IT integration, deployment and management capabilities at no cost for all version 1 Hubs and Hub 2S devices. We'll have more to share in the coming months.
Sams reports that the development of Windows Core OS could be the cause of the Surface Hub 2X's release. This lines up, at least in part, with our report from last year regarding the Surface Hub 2X. We've yet to hear from Microsoft regarding the Surface Hub 2X this year.