Microsoft may no longer release its special Surface Hub 2X processor upgrade box this year. Microsoft had planned to let Surface Hub 2S owners use the upgrade box to improve processor and GPU performance. It’s also part of Microsoft’s enabled tile and spin support on the Surface Hub 2 series, an important feature the company first unveiled last year.
At a recent Surface Hub 2 webinar, Microsoft said it was still working on tile and rotating features, but it was unclear when they would be released. Microsoft said at the webinar that it may not need to upgrade surface Hub 2S customers, or customers may not need to pay for the upgrade box, as getting tiling and rotating may not require Microsoft to go this way.
Instead, Microsoft now plans to release “major software updates” for Surface Hub and Surface Hub 2 customers and their larger 85-inch devices. It will be based on the first version of Windows 10 in 2020 and will include more user-friendly IT integration, deployment and manageability features. Microsoft will release this update for free for all Surface Hub v1 and Surface Hub 2S devices, while the 2X processor box upgrade is only available for Surface Hub 2S devices.
While the update will be based on the latest version of Windows 10, it will not be based on the company’s modern Windows Core OS platform, which will power Windows 10X devices such as Surface 10 Neo. The 2X processor box upgrade should have updated the Surface Hub 2S to a more modern operating system, but it’s unclear whether it will come again. However, Microsoft still plans to turn the Surface Hub 2S into a monitor by 2020 for other devices to connect.