Microsoft Surface RT getting firmware update today

Microsoft's Windows RT version of its Surface tablet is, as expected, getting a new firmware update as part of Microsoft's regular monthly Patch Tuesday event today. The Microsoft Community support forums have information of what will be included in the update.

The forum post gives specifics on at least two improvements made via the firmware update. One will improve audio playback on the Surface while it is in Connected Standby mode. The other announced improvement is supposed to offer "additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations."

Microsoft has also released the full details of the previously announced seven downloadable security updates for many of the company's software products, including Windows 8 and Windows RT. Five are labeled as "Important" while two of them Microsoft considers to be "Critical" updates. One of those latter updates covers all of Microsoft's Windows operating systems.

The security note states that the update, MS13-002,  " ... resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer." The other critical update, MS13-001, is just for PCs with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It also fixes another privately reported exploit. Microsoft says, "The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a print server received a specially crafted print job."

Source: Microsoft Community

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APAzero7 said,
I use it for several hours every day. what the hell is wrong with it?

Missing/losing album info/artwork randomly. Lag issues - if I have a lot of songs and scroll down the list of songs quickly, it has trouble keeping up and has to take time to populate itself. The inability to play a song that exists outside of your Music folder is a pain in the royal @$$. It's as if MS always does something just enough to get the product out the door and fix it incrementally through updates. I guess they can afford to treat their user base in such a fashion. I'm getting tired of it, personally.

srprimeaux said
Missing/losing album info/artwork randomly. Lag issues - if I have a lot of songs and scroll down the list of songs quickly, it has trouble keeping up and has to take time to populate itself. The inability to play a song that exists outside of your Music folder is a pain in the royal @$$. It's as if MS always does something just enough to get the product out the door and fix it incrementally through updates. I guess they can afford to treat their user base in such a fashion. I'm getting tired of it, personally.
I don't like their music app either but give it a break. This is new. Nothing is perfect. I think this is the same thing as Apple releasing Apple maps, but just like Apple Maps, it got better with time.

dtourond said,
I don't like their music app either but give it a break. This is new. Nothing is perfect. I think this is the same thing as Apple releasing Apple maps, but just like Apple Maps, it got better with time.

I'm not expecting perfection, but something that at least resembles a product that passed basic UI and UX specifications. If this was supposed to replace the Zune software, my God, what were they thinking? The Zune software wasn't perfect (as I'm not expecting that) but it sure does show that the people who worked on that project know what they're doing. So there are people there (assuming they are still there) who know how to make a music application, so Microsoft is without an excuse as far as I'm concerned. If you're going to replace a working product with something else, you better make sure what you're replacing it with is better. It's not in this case.

"Give it a break, it's new"? Are you kidding? A 16 year old kid can make a better app for Windows 8 compared to what Microsoft made. Not to mention the music app on the WP8. 9/10 times it doesn't play the song even with WIFI connection.

Yet, u get charged 20 euro's for "Free 30 days" even if the app didn't mention anything about a subscription at time of activation (not even in the agreement, I checked). Sure, if you call them, like I did, you can cancel further payments, but still, they rip 20 bucks with no way to get it back.

So no. Don't give this crap any break! With all those freaking "talented" smart people they have at Microsoft they come up with this piece of (fill in)!?!? There must be really something wrong at Microsoft that makes sure those talented people can't do their job.

I mean yeah, it isn't Zune (which would be awesome if they brought it to the Surface). I guess I mainly use it for streaming music, but never have issues. why listen to your collection when there's so many different free songs to listen to? Smart DJ is the way to go. keep your collection in your car.

mrdeezus said,
How about you fix the crappy ass music app??? Oh just forget it , ill guess I have to sell my surface and get an intel core i27 so I can run your slowass crappy music app.....

Multimedia 8 is available for free in the app store. It knocks the default player out of the ball park.

Try it. You'll like it.

Agreed, the music app is complete an utter shiit but this is for firmware. For any fellow RT owners I recommend Multimedia 8 (M8) it completely destroys the music app!!

Agree wholeheartedly and I do think it is significant, but this isn't the place for it. Create a forum topic or something.

"could allow remote code execution if a user .... using Internet Explorer"

seriously, convert to non-IE already will ya?

Torolol said,
"could allow remote code execution if a user .... using Internet Explorer"
seriously, convert to non-IE already will ya?
And which browser hasn't had updates for these sort of vulnerabilities? Hardly specific to IE...

Max Norris said,
And which browser hasn't had updates for these sort of vulnerabilities? Hardly specific to IE...

People don't read change logs for other browsers. And who can blame them? Open source change logs are a yawn fest.

Updated Slovakian localization in privacy settings tab...
API syntax corrections...
Improved text highlighting for notification pop-ups...
Blah blah blah blah...

zzzzzz........

Torolol said,
"could allow remote code execution if a user .... using Internet Explorer"

seriously, convert to non-IE already will ya?

Oh for God's sake, go away.

Torolol said,
"could allow remote code execution if a user .... using Internet Explorer"

seriously, convert to non-IE already will ya?

We should stop using IE and use a slower, less secure browser like Chrome or FF?

I use Xbox Music almost everyday on mine and it always works perfectly. What specifically do find wrong with it?

rojorojo said,
Let's start with the fact that playlists don't sync properly between the XBOX, Surface and PC.

Mine sync fine between my pc, Surface and Xbox. Though annoying not to Windows Phone 8 yet.

What I dislike the most of Xbox Music, besides the things mentioned above by me and others, is that the app is made to sell, not to enjoy.

I want to listen to my preferred songs. I want to stream them so artists get's money for when I listen to their song/album. To do that, you need playlist. Albums just have a few songs you like, maybe just one, so playlist is a must.

And making playlists on XBOX Music is more diffecult compared to a dutch driving exam. The painfully long task you have to do to put just 1 song to your playlist is just terrible. Now, think about a that when you want to add 607 songs to that or several playlists with each song taking 90 seconds to add.

Just look at the Spotify app for Windows Phone 7 and compare that to the xbox music app on Windows 8. You know what's missing. And you know it's ALOT. Microsoft is the BIG company here. They should have made Spotify look like a bunch of babies. (no offence to Spotify) But somehow they found a way to do the oppesite.

I used Spotify on Android and it was terrible for the same reasons you said the Music app was. It would not read anything from my sd card and insisted on syncing my collection to the internal. No matter what I did it would not work. I eventually said f it and used Google's app

Though this isn't the place, my playlists do not sync. Actually the playlists do, but the xbox music app will only find local music that it also matches in its database even though the surface and desktop have identical local music libraries. That basically makes playlist syncing worthless.

Uh. 21 updates for me, most of them being for the Office 2013 trial. Which, by the way, keeps telling me to buy it, even though that won't be possible until march... too bad the trial will expire in a few days...

if you own Surface RT, you have Office 2013 Home and Student pre installed. just upgrade the trial to full in optional downloads

I got 7 gigs of space back after this update and the news and finance app updates.. I think there were some stale cache problems with apps and uninstalled crap.. whatever they did, I'm happy to see it performing well and my space back was down to 2.5gb after moving recovery partition to usb stick

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