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.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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