Microsoft releases new Surface Hub OS update with several new features

July 23, 2020

Surface Hub

Microsoft yesterday announced the new Surface Hub OS update called Windows 10 Team 2020 Update. This new update is available for the Surface Hub 50-inch and Surface Hub 2S 55-inch devices that are part of Windows Insider program. The first generation Surface Hub 84-inch model will get this update after the final release of Windows 10 Team 2020 Update. This new Windows 10 Team 2020 Update brings new features like the Chromium-based Edge browser and improvements to device deployment and manageability. Find the full change log below.

What’s new in Windows 10 Team 2020 Update:

Improvements for Azure Active Directory Joined devices

This update addresses top customer requests, starting with full support for organizations using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to manage their Surface Hub devices:

  • Single Sign-On (SSO) for Azure AD joined devices:
    When users sign in with their Microsoft 365 credentials to “My meetings and files”, their user credentials flow seamlessly from app to app – including Microsoft 365 experiences in the browser.
  • Conditional Access (CA) for Azure AD joined devices:
    IT admins can deploy device-level security policies to their Azure AD joined Surface Hub to control access to organizational resources in accordance with corporate security and compliance requirements.
  • Support for non-global-admins for Azure AD joined devices:
    Customers can choose a more granular set of admins within their admin hierarchy to manage Surface Hub.

Improvements for device deployment and manageability

We also added features to help customers configure and manage their Surface Hub devices:

  • Modern authentication for cloud device accounts: Surface Hub supports Exchange Web Services (EWS) and Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL) based authentication to connect to Exchange, allowing customers to deprecate the use of Basic authentication.
  • Over 20 new and updated mobile device management (MDM) policies: These policies give IT admins improved control over app updates from the Microsoft Store, wireless projection settings such as Miracast over infrastructure, network settings such as Quality-Of-Service and 802.1x wired authentication, and new privacy/GDPR related settings.

Improvements for meeting and collaborating on Surface Hub

Finally, this update introduces significant improvements to help end-users meet and collaborate on a Surface Hub device:

Support for the new Microsoft Edge:
Customers can install the new Microsoft Edge, which has been rebuilt from the ground up to bring you world-class compatibility and performance, the security and privacy you deserve, and new features designed to bring you the best of the web.

  • Deploy Microsoft Teams faster: Microsoft Teams is included as the default Meetings, calling and collaboration app on new Surface Hub devices which can be changed or configured via MDM or directly on Surface Hub using the Settings app.
  • Support for Proximity Join with Microsoft Teams:
    Proximity Join enables users to take scheduled Microsoft Teams calls on a nearby Surface Hub using their laptop/phone, or seamlessly transition an in-progress meeting to a nearby Surface Hub. Windows 10 Team 2020 Update adds Mobile Device Management (MDM) support to configure Proximity Join, and the feature will be subsequently released as a Microsoft Teams update through Microsoft Store.
  • Support for Coordinated Meetings with Microsoft Teams:
    In meeting rooms that feature a Surface Hub and a Microsoft Teams Room device, or spaces with two Surface Hub devices, Coordinated Meetings enable users to easily leverage both devices during a Microsoft Teams meeting. With a single tap, users can join a meeting from either device and maximize screen real estate by showing video feeds on one device, and a digital whiteboard or content on the other. Windows 10 Team 2020 Update adds Mobile Device Management (MDM) support to configure Coordinated Meetings, and the feature will be subsequently released as a Microsoft Teams update through Microsoft Store.
  • Passwordless sign-in using FIDO2 security keys: Using FIDO2 security keys, customers can quickly and easily sign into Surface Hub without having to type in usernames and passwords. Combined with Single Sign-On (SSO), this feature provides fast and seamless authentication to files, apps, and websites during a meeting.
  • Improvements to passwordless sign-in using Microsoft Authenticator: For organizations that use Azure AD, users can use the Microsoft Authenticator app to sign in without having to type in usernames and passwords. Additionally, users can sign-in using their preferred email aliases in Azure AD in addition to their User Principal Name (UPN).
  • Dual-pen inking on Surface Hub 2S: Users can whiteboard and collaborate side-by-side on Surface Hub 2S using two Surface Hub 2 Pens. The firmware updates required to enable dual-pen inking will be released with a subsequent update.

To download the Windows 10 Team 2020 Update, enroll to Windows Insider program from your Surface Hub device.

Source: Microsoft

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