As part of its monthly “Patch Tuesday” update release schedule, Microsoft is rolling out a new firmware update for its Surface Pro 3 tablet.
The new patch, which should be available via Windows Update right now, promises to make multiple improvements. It targets areas like Wi-Fi performance, system stability, and more.
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Here’s what the newest Surface Pro 3 firmware aims to do, in Microsoft’s own words.
- “Surface Pro UEFI update (v188.8.131.52) improves system experience and enhances overall system stability, including Wi-Fi.”
- “Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware update (v184.108.40.206) enhanced support for system performance and user experience, including thermostat icon on boot.”
- “Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware update (v3.9.350.0) increases the overall system reliability and compatibility with a Surface cover.”
- “Surface Integration driver update (v2.0.1102.0) enhances user experience, including Wi-Fi stability.”
- “Surface Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3055.107) improves Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth reliability and system stability, and significantly enhances the user experience.”
Claims of performance improvements are great and all, but Microsoft has had a checkered past when it comes to releasing firmware updates for its Surface devices. Many Surface Pro 3 owners complained about issues with Wi-Fi performance after it turned out that a firmware update that was released back in June was to blame.
Prior to that, a firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 that was released back in December caused problems with sleep mode and battery life.
We wouldn’t be surprised if many Surface Pro 3 owners stayed away from this update simply due to the snafus Microsoft has experienced with past updates.