Microsoft rolls out multiple March firmware updates for its Surface tablets

Microsoft rolls out multiple March firmware updates for its Surface tablets

Summary: Microsoft Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 users are getting multiple keyboard, Bluetooth and wireless network firmware updates.

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It's March 11: Patch Tuesday, yet again. And as it often does, the company is rolling out a number of Surface firmware updates as part of it.

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There are no firmware updates for the ARM-based Surface RT this month, according to Microsoft's update history page. But the other three Surface devices are all getting numerous updates that users will see listed as "System Firmware Update - 3/11/2014" in their update histories on their devices.

All three are getting keyboard/cover updates, including a driver that supports the new Surface Power Covers that Microsoft will begin making available as of March 19. They also are getting various Bluetooth updates and Marvell AVASTAR wireless network updates.

For the second-generation ARM-based Surface 2, Microsoft is providing the following updates:

  • Surface 2 UEFI (v4.18.500) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
  • System Aggregator Firmware (v1.0.48500.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
  • Surface Platform Power Driver (v2.0.524.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
  • Surface Power Cover Firmware Update (v2.0.523.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
  • Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.517.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.517.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Home Button Driver (v2.0.281.0) resolves behavior where Surface would sometimes not wake from sleep.
  • Surface System Software Device (v5.0.498.0) includes stability and experience improvements.

For the first-generation Surface Pros, Microsoft is providing updates for users running both Windows 8.0 and 8.1.

On devices running 8.0, users will get these updates:

  • Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v1.0.317.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v1.0.317.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Power Cover Firmware Update (v1.0.323.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.

On Surface Pros running 8.1, users will get these updates:

  • Marvell AVASTAR 350N Wireless Network Controller (v14.69.24052.168) resolves wireless network connectivity issues.
  • Marvell AVASTAR Wireless Composite Device (v14.69.24052.168) improves Miracast support.
  • Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth® Radio Adapter (v14.69.24052.168) updated as part of a driver package that includes the Marvell Wireless Network Controller and Marvell Wireless Composite Device. There are no Bluetooth updates in this version of the driver.
  • Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v1.0.317.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v1.0.317.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Power Cover Firmware Update (v1.0.323.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.

On second-generation Surface Pro 2s, which run Windows 8.1, Microsoft is making these firmware updates available today:

  • Surface Pro UEFI (v2.04.0450) improves experience when using BitLocker so that a Surface Cover can provide PIN input.
  • Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.262.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.262.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
  • Surface Power Cover Firmware Update Device (v2.0.268.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
  • Surface Cover Telemetry (v2.0.229.0) improves stability and experience for Surface Covers.
  • Marvell AVASTAR 350N Wireless Network Controller (v14.69.24052.168) resolves wireless network connectivity issues.
  • Marvell AVASTAR Wireless Composite Device (v14.69.24052.168) improves Miracast support.
  • Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth ®Radio Adapter (v14.69.24052.168) updated as part of a driver package that includes the Marvell Wireless Network Controller and Marvell Wireless Composite Device. There are no Bluetooth updates in this version of the driver.
  • Intel(R) Display Audio (v6.16.00.3135) improves Miracast support.
  • Intel(R) HD Graphics Family (v10.18.10.3431) improves Miracast support and enables daisy chaining of monitors using DisplayPort 1.2.
  • Intel WiDi Audio Device (v4.5.44.0) improves Miracast support.

Microsoft makes its regular firmware updates available to Surface users via Windows Update. Users can opt to manually install the updates (instead of waiting for their devices to do so automatically) by following the instructions on the Surface history page.

Topics: Microsoft Surface, Microsoft, Tablets, Windows 8

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Daisy chain

    "Intel(R) HD Graphics Family (v10.18.10.3431) improves Miracast support and enables daisy chaining of monitors using DisplayPort 1.2."

    Any word on how many monitors are supported?
    Sacr
    • Docking stations

      With some of the docking stations you can daisy chain multiple screens (Ive only seen 3 at once) with the surface pro.
      JohnnyJammer
  • @MJF

    Hi MJF,
    any chance to ask you admins why your RSS feed syncs with Outlook as Jan, 11 instead of March, 11?
    Thanks in advance!
    moodjbow
  • I get the impression that MS is abandoning the original Surface RT

    No updates, no compatibility with the new keyboard etc. That is a bit harsh for those who supported MS and RT.
    1,2,3
    • No updates?

      So what are these monthly updates I keep getting for my Surface RT? Sure, no keyboard support yet. There's no reason to believe they won't.

      Maybe not many firmware updates lately, but it's had more firmware updates than almost any of their tablets but the Surface Pro. They don't need firmware updates unless they have something important to fix.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • Failed Firmware Update....

    I got a new Surface Pro 2 on the 28th of February for testing at our large health care company. This is the first Windows device that has impressed me in a long time and with no bloatware. It has been working great and the only complaint is the touchpad on the Microsoft keyboard is fabric and not a fan. I had already done all my Windows previously updates so last night I saw the article about the firmware updates and was ready to go. I like the way they would come down from Microsoft and not have to go to a vendor’s website to update firmware and drivers just like on MACs, iPads, and iPhones. So last night I start the updates and after it reboots it will only boot into the CMSO and I get the nice 1 blink, 3 blink, 3 blink, and 4 blinks next to the SD card. After trying everything on line I could not get it to work, so today I chatted with Microsoft did the same things I did last night and it still dead. They said contact your IT vendor and RMA it. I asked there is a Microsoft Store close and can I go down and switch it out like Apple does no matter who you buy it from and he say’s “NO” that is only if you buy it from the Microsoft Store or the Microsoft Store on-line. If they want to compete with Apple they should replace their products at the store and that is the big thing I like about Apple. I am not saying replacing a HP, Dell, or Samsung device; I am talking about a Microsoft product. After 20 plus years in IT this is my first firmware update failure and I do a lot every year on our servers.
    Sadly disappointed.
    RealMaxPug
    • Failed Firmware update

      I have exactly the same issue after rebooting to finish installing these updates.

      I am taken straight to the UEFI page and then get stuck in a loop. None of the options work, just reboot back to the same page.

      I have the same blink pattern on the LED nest to the SD card.

      I've tried to boot from my recovery USB without success.

      There is a report of this issue on one of the Microsoft support forums for this update also.

      Incredibly frustrating. I guess I'm about to be on hold with Microsoft support for a while ...

      Incredibly frustrating
      AJMac282
      • UPDATE

        After calling Microsoft support, I have managed to get my SP2 to boot.

        I did a two button reset -
        •Turn Surface off
        •Hold the volume button up and hold the power button on at the same time for about 20 seconds.

        The Surface logo appears briefly after a couple of seconds, but continue to hold them both down until it reappears. I had tried this before (after reading the support pages), but had not held them until the logo appeared a second time - that seems to be the trick.

        The Surface then booted normally. Windows update showed the firmware update as "pending restart". I restarted a couple of times, and received the message "Please wait while we install a system update" each time. However, it did not properly install (Update history still showed "pending restart").

        After several restarts, the initial problem recurred - after the firmware update, I was booting to the UEFI screen again. I did another two button reset and this time Update history shows the firmware update as "failed".

        The system seems to be stable now, so I'm going to leave it alone.
        AJMac282
        • Thanks...

          Thank you for the informaiton and I did try it again and I got a nice blue screen that said you device needs to be repaired and hit the Windows key to continue and rebooted and when back in the UEFI. RMA here I come....
          RealMaxPug