Microsoft releases graphics and audio updates for Surface Pro 2 and Pro 3

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Microsoft has released driver updates for the Surface Pro 3 and its predecessor, the Surface Pro 2. The updates are centered around audio and video drivers, and offer enhanced support for Miracast wireless display functionality.

If you’re looking to install Windows 10 on your Surface Pro, you’ll need these drivers. Microsoft recommends keeping your graphics drivers up to date as a fix for some known issues that can affect rendering and use of the Mini-DisplayPort. Non-Pro users are still waiting on drivers from Intel to ready their devices for the new OS.

The full changelog for both devices released by Microsoft reads as follows:

Surface 3

  • Surface Pro 3 UEFI update (v3.11.850.0) includes changes needed for compatibility with the updated graphics driver.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4170) improves graphics performance and includes better Miracast (wireless display) support.
  • Display Audio driver update (v6.16.00.3172) improves audio experience and supports compatibility with the updated graphics driver.

Surface 2

  • Surface Pro UEFI update (v2.5.250.0) includes changes needed for compatibility with the updated graphics driver.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4170) improves graphic performance and includes better Miracast (wireless display) support.
  • Display Audio driver update (v6.16.00.3172) improves audio experience and supports compatibility with the updated graphics driver.

Microsoft warns that not all devices will update at the same time, so don’t worry if your Surface doesn’t prompt you to install these drivers just yet. The company rolls out such updates gradually, but it will get to all users eventually — you can try start it manually via Windows Update if you’re worried about being overlooked.

The Surface line seems key to Microsoft’s strategy of expanding Windows beyond traditional computers to everything from hybrid devices to microcontrollers. While many expected to see the Surface 4 announced at BUILD 2015, we’re yet to hear what’s next for the blossoming range of devices.

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