Microsoft delivers February Surface firmware updates

Microsoft delivers February Surface firmware updates

Summary: Microsoft is making available firmware updates across most of its Surface device types on Patch Tuesday, February 11.

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After last month's rather confusing Surface firmware update rollout, Microsoft seems to be back on track with its Surface updates as of this Patch Tuesday, February 11.

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Here's what the Softies are rolling out today for the different Surface models, according to information on the company's Surface Update history pages.

Surface Pro 2

Surface Display Panel (v1.0.2.0) provides tuning to the Surface display calibration.
Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v24.00.50)
Resolves issue where Surface would not go into hibernation.
Resolves issue where available battery percentage was reported incorrectly.
Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.04.0150)
Resolves issue where Surface would reset upon repeated Surface Cover attach/detach.
Resolves issue where On Screen Keyboard would unexpectedly pop-up even though Surface Cover is attached.
Resolves issue where Surface Cover is not detected after wake up from sleep.
Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.228.0) update improves two-finger touchpad use.
Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.226.0) update improves two-finger touchpad use.

Surface 2

Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter (v14.62.28058.10171)
Improves Bluetooth® audio related issues.
Resolves issues related to Bluetooth keyboard and mouse inavailability when waking Surface.
Marvell AVASTAR 350N Wireless Network Controller (v14.62.28058.10171) resolves wireless network connectivity issues.

Surface Pro (Windows 8.0 and 8.1 updates)

Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v9.00.50) to resolve behavior where the Surface would reset when waking from sleep.
Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.84.0150)
Resolves issue where Surface would reset upon repeated Surface Cover attach/detach.
Resolves issue where On Screen Keyboard would unexpectedly pop-up even though Surface Cover is attached.
Resolves issue where Surface Cover is not detected after wake up from sleep.
Surface Pro UEFI (v1.6.50) improves experience when using a Surface Cover on your Surface Pro.

Surface RT

No product updates were released for Surface RT in February.

There's a new and fairly prominent note on the Surface history page that users should take into account:
Firmware updates cannot be uninstalled or reverted to an earlier version.

Topics: Microsoft Surface, Microsoft, Tablets, ARM, PCs, Business Intelligence, Windows 8

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  • why don't I learn

    I hit install and the last time I did this, I ended up with a hosed surface pro 2.
    neonspark
  • Excellent

    Sounds like a good update...even after the firmware "patch" in January, I would still, occasionally find my Surface Pro 2 drained because it didn't sleep. Really glad to get the battery indicator working again.

    Despite all the "doom and gloom" recently over Windows 8 (with all respect to Paul's recent article), I actually really like Windows 8.1, especially on my Surface. If I could keep SkyDrive stable, then it would be perfect! (I've had to rebuild my Surface Pro 2 three times due to SkyDrive not working and no fix for it.)
    wolters@...
  • hmmm. Fool me once

    I kinda like my Surface just the way it is. I'll pass.
    alsw
  • Is Microsoft already ignoring RT?

    Is it just a coincidence that the original RT has no updates this month. Or could Microsoft already be working less at maintaining and addressing the RT problems? I have seen this before with hardware from all sorts. PC makers, tablet makers, smartphone makers. Get some new devices out there and they forget about the older models. Anyone else remember how PC makers frequently just stop updating drivers after a year. Yea, just updated my Toshiba laptop I have had six months. Graphics driver was from 2012! Intel had a new one just last month! So much for support, right?
    JohnnyES-25227553276394558534412264934521
    • Well, it's a year and a half old...

      Maybe they've wrung out all the bugs in the drivers, etc.
      Flydog57
    • Nah

      From the notes above, the new Surface2 only gets updates related to Bluetooth & wireless. The original SurfaceRT used a different chipset, so there are clearly no bugs of sufficient importance to warrant updating this month.

      Am sure Windows RT & Surface RT / 2 will see more updates in the future.
      bitcrazed
    • Well, even if they didn't update Firmware because the

      The updated the Windows RT anyway. And the firmware update targeted for Surface 2 was fixing issues that some of the Surface 2s are ecountering with Bluetooth and WiFi after wakeup from sleep. And I don't see that issue in any of our Surface RTs and I think those are pretty much stable in the original RT.
      Ram U
  • It Worked!

    I got the update a couple hours ago and things have been smooth sailing. Type Cover and Touch Cover are much more responsive, and the battery indication FINALLY seems to be accurate. I didn't seem to have the other sleep/hibernation issues as I shut down when I wasn't using the tablet for extended periods of time.
    KLRSKIR