Windows 10 Creators Update starts rolling out to Surface Hub with slew of new features

A little over a month after the Windows 10 Creators Update began its general rollout, Microsoft has announced the update is now rolling out to the Surface Hub. In its wake, the Creators Update is also bringing a whole bunch of new features to the Surface Hub, focusing on team collaboration, speed, and security.

Following the Creators Update, Microsoft says that the new Whiteboard experience it showed off at its recent Shanghai event will make its way to the Surface Hub in mid-June. Essentially, Whiteboard will let team members easily collaborate and brainstorm on a blank digital canvas.

Sign-on has also been enhanced, allowing for a single sign-on experience that lets users quickly access their Office 365 content and applications after signing in via the welcome screen or start menu. The goal here, Microsoft says, is to make the Surface Hub more like a personal device after signing in.

Security has also gotten a boost in the Creators Update with the following:

  • The ability to set Surface Hub to wipe all data at the end of each session by default;
  • The option to require BitLocker encryption for USB ports to prevent malware and other security threats;
  • Support for additional Mobile Device Management (MDM) features, so IT administrators can change settings remotely; and
  • Support for two-factor authentication, to enable users to approve an authentication request easily on their companion device.

Other tidbits include Dolby-tuned audio optimized for human speech, improvements to Miracast projection, and simplified Skype controls. For businesses and organizations that rely on the Surface Hub, that's a handy batch of changes. For more, you can check out a detailed list of changes and updates at the Surface Hub Update History page (opens in new tab).

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Cool
  • What is a "Surface Hub"?🤔🤔🤔
  • Prolly only need to watch video for the 20th second for that.
  • Anyone with a Surface Pro 3 get it yet?
  • still waiting here
  • This update is for the Surface Hub that $10 000+ tv-like device that is shown in the video
  • Same here. No update yet. Isn't it SP3 the most used SP device.
  • So I'm curious... does anyone here have access to one of these Surface Hub devices? If so, have you used it? What are your thoughts?
  • It's a great device for real time collaboration both within the four walls of the conference room/huddle space as well as connecting to the outside world via SFB.  I've been using them since 2015 and their overall functionality and polish has only improved with each major release of Windows 10.  I have not yet had my hands on a unit with the Creators Update, but will in a few weeks time during a major industry trade show event.  It isn't an end all be all solution for collaboration.  If using the digital whiteboard functionality, or using the touch interface in general isn't a main focus of your use case, then there are better solutions with PTZ cameras out there.  I for one love the device.  So much so that I nearly took a position with Microsoft as an SE for the Surface Hub sales team.  Just couldn't commit to moving my family in order to take the job.
  • We have 2 in my office. Cool for collaboration.
  • It's awesome. My compnay bought one, and everyone loves it, even those people who are really anti-tech love it. We bought another one due to the popularity of the first. I installed the Creators update to it this morning and it makes a huge difference, making it even more useful.
  • We have two devices, and are using them with Windows 10 Pro, because we need domain logins, and a whole lot of applications otherwise not available on Surface Hub. You basically miss nothing but the reset-functionality, which is easily replaced by 3rd-party tools.
  • Why doesn't Windows 10 Skype look like that?
  • it's skype for business