Microsoft delivers June firmware updates, fixes for its Surfaces

Summary:Microsoft is continuing to roll out updates and fixes for its Surface RT and Surface Pro devices each month, as part of its Patch Tuesday process.

As it has done for the past few months, Microsoft is rolling out new firmware updates and fixes for its Surface RT and Surface Pro devices as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday cycle.

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On June 11, the company made a few new updates available to Surface users for download.

For ARM-based Surface RTs:

  • Surface Home Button driver update that the company says will improve the reliability of the devices waking up immediately on the first button press.
  • Recently disclosed firmware update for Surface Type Cover and Surface Touch Cover aiming to improve functionality for both accessories. Includes the ability to toggle function keys, new shortcuts, and new keyboard navigation improvements.

For Intel-based Surface Pros:

  • LifeCam driver that aims to enhance clarity for low light operation and improves reliability when switching between the integrated camera and an external camera.

With Surface RTs, automatic updating is always on. With the Pros, Windows turns on automatic update during setup unless users decide to turn it off. (If you do so, you won't be notified when firmware updates are available.) Even if automatic updating is turned on, users can opt to proactively grab the firmware updates before they receive notification of their availability using Windows Update on their devices via these steps.

Microsoft officials previously told me that users of non-Surface Windows RT devices also can and should get updates (firmware and otherwise). A spokesperson told me previously: "OEMs can (and are) providing any needed firmware or driver updates using Windows Update. These updates are targeted to specific Windows RT models. Recommended OS updates are available to all Windows RT devices at the time they are published. End-user settings will determine whether they are installed automatically."

Here's the full list of updates available as part of today's June Patch Tuesday.

Topics: Mobility, ARM, Microsoft, Microsoft Surface, PCs, Tablets, Windows 8

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