Microsoft Surface RT gets new firmware update; no update for Surface Pro

Since the launch of the Surface RT in October 2012 and the Surface Pro's first appearance in February, Microsoft has regularly released new firmware updates for its tablets on the second Tuesday of each month. Both the Surface RT and Surface Pro were last updated on June 11th.

Well, it's that time of the month again, but this time, things are a bit different. While the Surface RT did indeed get a firmware upgrade today, the update page for the Surface Pro simply had this note: "No product updates were released for Surface Pro in July."

As far as the update history page for the Surface RT goes, it states the July firmware download notes in pretty general terms, saying only that it "enhances system performance and reliability." Usually the change notes are a bit more descriptive than that.

The rather unexciting update this month comes as rumors about Microsoft's future plans for the Surface lineup have started circulating on the Internet. One story claims that Microsoft is testing a Surface RT tablet running on the Windows 8.1 update and with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The current Surface RT has NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip inside.

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How I hate this bull**** from MS. I would slap that idiot at the MS marketing department with a piece of smelly rotten trout, who figured out the concept of hiding facts behind the "enhances system performance and reliability blabla bull**** bull**** blabla blabla"

soder said,
How I hate this bull**** from MS. I would slap that idiot at the MS marketing department with a piece of smelly rotten trout, who figured out the concept of hiding facts behind the "enhances system performance and reliability blabla bull**** bull**** blabla blabla"

You clearly have insider knowledge of the "facts" regarding this update, and the fixes contained within. Care to enlighten us so we can all share in (laugh at) your conspiracy theories?

They need to fix the audio issues. Watching TV on the Surface is impossible right now. The sounds drops in and out constantly when there is moderate silence in the audio. It's like you're running the output through a noise gate.

TruckWEB said,
Just bring a new Surface RT...!!! Come on!

I have a feeling we won't see new Surface RT and Surface Pro till two things happen, first Windows 8.1 goes GA and people start to update from 8.0 and two the OEMs get their first batch of new 8.1 hardware out.

After that then MS can do it's thing and keep it's OEM partners happy. Also by then they'll have worked their way through most of their current surface rt/pro gen1 stock.

Since installing 8.1 Preview on my Surface RT it will be frozen when coming out of low power mode. Often the screen is just black and I have to do a hard reset. Getting irritating. Hopefully this will fix that.

And wireless performance still just flat out sucks on this thing. Can have my Windows Phone, Surface and Laptop all in the same location on wifi. Phone will get about 28Mpbs on speedtest, laptop 53Mbps and the surface about 4Mpbs. I can even set the Surface on top of my router and at best get 10Mbps. Have tried changing channels, everything. No good.

Edit: Oh, as Cyborg_X mentioned above, doesn't seem to be on 8.1. There was a firmware update after installing that the other week, it's probably just the same one now available to 8.

Edited by scumdogmillionaire, Jul 9 2013, 4:16pm :

It's the Marvell chipset. It's junk.

It behaved the same way with my Linksys 802.11n router. Couldn't get more than 6Mbps no matter what I did. Tried 20 and 40 MHz channels, every channel in the 2.4 range; despite being in an area with little 802.11 interference.

Ultimately, I replaced the router with an ASUS RT-AC66U and found some improvement. It's still not as good as I know it could be, but it's better. The real fix would be a good, reliable Atheros or Broadcom chip instead of the cheapest thing they could find.

Yeah, that sucks. Mine is the Linksys 802.11 ac.

I remember pre-launch Sinofsky or someone was talking about how awesome the Wi-Fi is. And some story about how he was in some certain area of a hotel and pulled it out and a staff member was like "that doesn't work over here" and he said "just give me the password anyways" then went on to say "not only did I connect where no other devices could... I had 4 bars!"

what a load of crap.

Wonder if they're ever able to bump up the CPU clockrate via firmware update?

BTW, the biggest perf boost I got by far was Windows 8.1 Preview, holy crap its like a new device. Anyone with preview getting this firmware too or was it the one we already got?

spudtrooper said,
Wonder if they're ever able to bump up the CPU clockrate via firmware update?

BTW, the biggest perf boost I got by far was Windows 8.1 Preview, holy crap its like a new device. Anyone with preview getting this firmware too or was it the one we already got?

Not surprising though given the improvements that Microsoft have made to the C++/C compiler that they announced at the BUILD conference. The move to standard C++ and Microsoft having to give their compiler a complete overhaul has finally pushed up the quality that is coming out the other end - after years of word which GNU and LLVM/Clang have done with their compilers we've finally started to see Microsoft take the same sort of approach to improving things.

Let's be honest for one moment: MS have done squat in terms of standards compliance. All their competitors are laughing their asses of as they're already supporting the whole C++11 standard, whilst judging from Microsoft's roadmap it will take them years to deliver that level of compliance…

MFH said,
Let's be honest for one moment: MS have done squat in terms of standards compliance. All their competitors are laughing their asses of as they're already supporting the whole C++11 standard, whilst judging from Microsoft's roadmap it will take them years to deliver that level of compliance…

They're going to be years away but it is a good sign that they are at least publicly taking standards some what seriously - heck, they're finally adding features in their C implementation so there are good signs. I know it is important not to get too optimistic but I'm hoping that this is a change in attitude by Microsoft.