Microsoft updates its Surface, fitness Band firmware

Microsoft has rolled out June firmware updates for its Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 tablets, as well as its fitness Band.

Microsoft has updated the firmware for its Surface Pro 3, Surface 3 and Microsoft fitness Band devices.

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On June 23, Microsoft began rolling out new firmware updates for its newest two Surface tablets.

Here's what users of the Intel-based Surface 3 are getting, according to the Surface 3 Update History site:

  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.49500.0) improves the experience while using the Surface Cover.
  • Audio Device driver update (v603.9600.2563.61816) enhances audio performance and improves the audio experience on Surface 3.
  • Surface Pen Settings driver update (v4.0.112.1) enables new functionality with the Surface app, available for free in the Windows Store.
  • Camera driver update (v20.9600.3444.120) enhances the image and video quality while using camera.
  • HD Graphics driver update (v10.18.14.4175) improves the display stability and graphics performance.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3091.193) improves the system stability and the Wi-Fi connectivity experience, also increases the network download performance.

Here are the June firmware updates for the Surface Pro 3, as listed on the Update History site:

  • Surface Pro UEFI update (v3.11.950.0) adds support for new features in Windows 10.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3091.193) improves the system stability and the Wi-Fi connectivity experience, also increases the network download performance.
  • SATA AHCI Controller driver update (v9.4.0.1028) stabilizes deployment methodology on Surface Pro 3.

There are no June firmware updates for the Surface RT, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 or Surface 2 tablets.

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.

Microsoft officials still have not disclosed when the company will make available an update for the ARM-based Surface RT and Surface 2 that will provide some unspecified subset of Windows 10 features for those devices, since they will not be able to be updated to full Windows 10.

There's also no word on when Microsoft and partners will start shipping the promised LTE-enabled Surface 3 models. Last we heard, availability of those devices, which will be unlocked and available in a number of markets worldwide, was some time this summer.

Microsoft also updated its Microsoft Band firmware on June 23. According to the Band Update History site, the June update includes "general fixes and improvements." I asked Microsoft for more details and a company spokesperson said "we have nothing to share."

Microsoft officials said back in April that there would be an update coming to the Band that would allow it to display "Web tiles," which will display Web data in live-tile form. In April, Microsoft execs said Band owners would be able to build their own Web tiles starting this summer.

There's also no word so far on when Microsoft will roll out an updated version of its Band device. The only thing I've heard on that front is the Band 2.0 will likely continue to run firmware, and not a Windows 10-based operating system core.

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