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Microsoft rolls out May Surface Pro firmware updates

Microsoft is making available firmware updates this month for its Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 2 tablets running Windows 8.1.
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Microsoft has made available May firmware updates for its Intel-based Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 2 tablets.

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Thanks to a tweet from @RodTrent, I found the new firmware mentions on the Surface Update History pages.

The Surface Pro 3 updates, which are listed as "System Firmware Update - 5/19/2015" in update history -- include:

  • Surface Pro 3 UEFI update (v3.11.850.0) includes changes needed for compatibility with the updated graphics driver.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4170) improves graphics performance and includes better Miracast (wireless display) support.
  • Display Audio driver update (v6.16.00.3172) improves audio experience and supports compatibility with the updated graphics driver.

(Microsoft also rolled out a firmware update for Surface Pro 3 on April 30, I noticed when viewing the Update History page. The late April updates included a Surface Type Cover Filter Device update for full support for Japanese Surface Pro Type Covers and a Surface Pen settings driver update.)

The Surface Pro 2 updates, designated as "System Firmware Update - 5/19/2015" include:

  • Surface Pro UEFI update (v2.5.250.0) includes changes needed for compatibility with the updated graphics driver.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4170) improves graphic performance and includes better Miracast (wireless display) support.
  • Display Audio driver update (v6.16.00.3172) improves audio experience and supports compatibility with the updated graphics driver.

There were no May firmware updates for the ARM-based Surface RT or Surface 2 or the Intel-based Surface Pro. Microsoft has been delivering some Surface 3 driver updates for those interested in trying to run Windows 10 preview on those devices.

As Microsoft notes on its Surface History Web sites, Surface updates are provided via Windows Update, meaning they are delivered in stages to customers. "As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices. If you have not received the update then please manually check Windows Update later," the site says.


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