Microsoft delivers January firmware updates to its Surface Pro tablet family

Microsoft has made available firmware updates for its Intel-based Surface family, including one meant to address ongoing connectivity issues with the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft made available firmware updates to its Intel-based family of Surface tablets on January 15.

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All three models -- the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro -- received updates. Neither of the ARM-based Surface tablets -- the Surface 2 or Surface RT -- received any new updates this month.

The Surface Pro 3 received the greatest number of updates, including an update to the wireless network controller and Bluetooth drivers that Microsoft says will fix connectivity issues many users have experienced when trying to use WiFi when Hyper-V is enabled.

Here's the list from Microsoft various Surface tablet update history sites as to what the company is delivering:

Surface Pro 3:

  • Surface Pro UEFI update (v3.11.450.0) adds support for updated HD Graphics Family driver.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4029) enhances display stability and performance, improves user experience when using Miracast adapters. Improves compatibility with DisplayPort monitors and daisy chaining.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3073.151) addresses connectivity issues while Hyper-V is enabled. Adds an advanced feature to control the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz band preference.
  • Surface Home Button driver update (v2.0.1179.0) ensures compatibility with the Surface Hub app.
  • Microsoft Docking Station Audio Device driver update (v1.31.35.7) improves the user experience while using the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station so that sound is available when a speaker is not connected to the docking station.

Surface Pro 2:

  • Surface Pro UEFI update (v2.05.0150) improves the PXE boot experience with the 1 gigabit Surface Ethernet Adapter and further enhances the system security.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4029) enhances display stability and performance, improves user experience when using Miracast adapters. Improves compatibility with DisplayPort monitors and daisy chaining.

Surface Pro:

  • Surface Pro UEFI update (v1.7.50) further enhances the system security.

These updates for the Surfaces will be listed as "System Firware Update - 1/15/2015" once installed and viewed in update history.

As a reminder, when delivered via Windows Update, the Surface firmware updates are pushed out on a staggered basis. Instructions for manually installing the Surface firmware updates are available on the individual Surface Update History sites.

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