Microsoft does not offer Surface firmware updates for second straight month

In April, Microsoft did not release any new firmware updates for its four Surface tablets. It was the first time Microsoft did not offer a monthly firmware download for any of its Surface models since the launch of the first generation products in October 2012. Now it appears that Microsoft will skip those kinds of downloads for a second straight month.

Normally, the updates come on "Patch Tuesday" when Microsoft released new software updates for many of its products, along with new security patches. However, the update history pages for the Surface RT, Surface Pro, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are all showing that there will be no firmware downloads for those products in May. We have contacted Microsoft to find out the reasons for this rather long stretch between updates.

It's possible that Microsoft is waiting until the release of the rumored Surface mini tablet to continue new firmware updates. Microsoft is highly expected to reveal the smaller tablet at a New York City press event one week from today on May 20th, along with other new Surface models. Neowin will be attending the press conference next week and will have more information on what the company will be revealing at that time.

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id be VERY nervous about installing any update anyway. I bought a SP 2 on Sunday and after the March update it was basically screwed. On startup it goes to TPM bios style screen and save and exit sometimes gets you in to windows - maybe 1 in 5 attempts. So rather than struggle on I accepted it was possible a hardware issue and took it back.
Replacement went exactly the same, as soon as the firmware update is installed you are screwed.

There is an odd bug on Surface Pro 2 - Bluetooth and WiFi doesn't work well together. It has something to do with the chipset. I have a strange bug in Windows 8.1 on Ms Surface Pro too where my wallpaper on start screen becomes black but the desktop wallpaper remains the same.

Agreed on the WiFi/Bluetooth issue - very annoyed this hasn't been addressed. Mine is a Surface 2, and I get the same issue.

Odd what is the issue with BT + WiFi not working together well? I've had no issues on mine. I only use bluetooth to transfer files to my phone. I have a SP2 128GB w/ latest updates.

StandingInAlley said,
There is an odd bug on Surface Pro 2 - Bluetooth and WiFi doesn't work well together. It has something to do with the chipset. I have a strange bug in Windows 8.1 on Ms Surface Pro too where my wallpaper on start screen becomes black but the desktop wallpaper remains the same.

I just posted the fix above but here it is again... use 5GHz Wi-Fi rather than 2.4GHz and your issues will be gone! :)

Yeah this is a bloody stupid article. No maker would release a firmware update unless there is a fix. Just because you expect one along with regular Windows Updates is retarded to say the least.

Your third sentence doesn't make coherent sense, and you're commenting on others thought processes?

hmmm... I think you meant "The fact that you expect...."

soder said,

"Good" to hear about this, wonder if this is a widespread design defect, or just affects a "small number of users" (bullsh*t phrase stolen from Shamesung)?

Its a widespread issue. Reddit is full of users complaining about it. That's how even i knew about it

Ok, so its a major product defect then.

Wondering what portals should the average joe consumer check to become aware of such issues? On the official surface blog, there will be no posts about their own product defects, for obvious reasons, I understand that. On the Answers MS forum, its a pain to find any meaningful statistics, as its full of idiots complaints, real issues reported easily disappear in the crowd of non-sense there. Big HW reviewer sites cannot be really trusted (vendor pays them money to write positive review or give them samples that they can keep at the end so the editor wont say any nasty in order to maintain friendly relationship with the vendor etc.), they will not maintain a list of discovered issues of the products still after they reviewed in the past, the forums are scattered across the globe, etc. Is really a painful process to be an informed consumer before buying any electrical junk nowadays.

in other news... my motherboard Mfg (MSI) hasn't offered a firmware update for 4 months now and it's only 1yr old.... and still has some bugs they said they'd fix a while ago... eventually firmware updates do slow down