Surface Hub OS Seen Powering A Windows Phone

November 10, 2020
Lumia 950 XL

Miracles do happen! It’s not something that you see every day, what with Windows 10 Mobile being dead for a while. But a Lumia 950 XL has been hacked to run Surface Hub OS.

Yeah, the operating system that powers those giant screens that Microsoft sells.

With Microsoft having moved away from the mobile market, and no longer releasing operating system and app updates for Windows 10 Mobile, these old Lumia phones are pretty much useless these days for the general consumers.

However, they provide enthusiasts with an opportunity to go for some really interesting experiments.

Gustav Monce, who previously managed to get Windows 10 ARM up and running on the Lumia 950 XL, certainly knows all there is to about this. This time he got around installing Microsoft Surface Hub OS on the handset for the thrill of it all.

The developer explains this in rather good detail:

“You will need a few tools, which I made personally to even get such a Windows Teams ISO in the first place. You will not find a genuine Windows 10 Teams ISO for ARM64 in the wild like that. This is not the complete Teams OS even after using my tools, some apps are missing like the PPIWelcome app or PPISkype, the former being sort of critical for the OS to work as it provides the lockscreen UI.”

As you can imagine, the project is a fair bit more complex than you may expect. Even downloading the OS image is a challenging enough process, requiring the help of Windows Update.

Check out the full details above.

It may not be for everyone, but it sure is enjoyable!

Fahad Ali is a professional freelancer, specializing in technology, web design and development and enterprise applications. He is the primary contributor to this website. When he is not typing away on his keyboard, he is relaxing to some soft jazz.

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