January 2014 wasn't the best month for Microsoft Surface users trying to make sense of which updates arrived for their devices.
Patch Tuesday came and went without any word on expected firmware updates. Shortly thereafter, various updates, some marked as firmware, some labeled as "hardware" updates and others as more mundane reliability and performance fixes, began arriving via Windows Update on users' devices.
I've heard from Surface Pro 2 users who've been plagued by what seems to be the same firmware update being delivered to their machines repeatedly, despite the fact that they seem to have successfully updated with the latest firmware release. (This may be a Windows Update problem, rather than a Surface Pro 2 problem, I'm hearing.) And even though Microsoft's Surface Update History Page claimed until some time in the past few days that there was no Surface RT firmware update this month, those of us with the original ARM-based Surface know we did get a firmware update.
So let's go back to the drawing board.
As of January 28, here's what Microsoft's Surface Update History pages are now indicating that the company delivered this month to its various Surface users:
There's a Surface Pro firmware and driver update pack available on the Microsoft Download Center (dated January 27) that is a cumulative update of fixes and includes both drivers and firmware. It's not clear whether this duplicates what's in the January 15 update or goes beyond it from the description on the download site.
Surface Pro (running Windows 8.0)
January 14 updates: Surface Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 firmware updates for improving touchpad performance and overall product stability.
Updating four devices running several different versions of Windows 8 is not trivial. (Nor is trying to keep up with all the questions from Surface users about which updates they're getting and why.) But with even more Surfi supposedly coming -- an LTE-friendly Surface 2, plus the rumored Surface Mini -- it's key that Microsoft make frequent, regular updates a Surface selling point, not a hinderance.
Any more questions about past, present or possible future Surface updates? Share them below and I'll try to see if I can get more info.