Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 firmware updates fix dreaded sleep issue

Microsoft released an update today to Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 users that users of these devices have been longing for for months now.

An example of the power management issue is when the user puts the device to sleep, puts it in a bag, and when he removes it from the bag, the device is piping hot as if it had been used the whole time. This issue also drains battery life.

I know that everyone is very excited about this update, so without further delay, here is what got updated in the Surface Book firmware update:

  • System Hardware Update – 2/17/2016
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface UEFI

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Management Engine

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface System Aggregator Firmware

  • Surface Management Engine update (v11.0.0.1202) improves system stability.

  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v88.1081.257.0) improves accuracy of battery status and battery life during sleep.

  • Surface UEFI update (v104.1085.768.0) improves battery life and improves stability during power state transition changes into and out of sleep states.

  • Intel® Precise Touch Device driver update (v1.1.0.226) improves stability during power state transition changes into and out of sleep states.

  • Intel® HD Graphics 520 driver update (v20.19.15.4364) improves display stability, system stability and battery life.

  • Intel® Display Audio driver update (v8.20.0.745) supports compatibility with the updated graphics driver.

  • Realtek High Definition Audio(SST) driver update (v6.0.1.7734) improves system stability.

  • Intel® Smart Sound Technology (Intel® SST) Audio Controller driver update (v8.20.0.866) improves system stability.

  • Intel® Smart Sound Technology (Intel® SST) OED driver update (v8.20.0.866) improves system stability.

  • Intel® Management Engine Interface driver update (v11.0.0.1176) improves system stability.

  • Intel® Serial IO GPIO Host Controller driver update (v30.63.1603.5) improves auto rotation reliability when tablet mode is turned off.

  • Intel® Serial IO I2C Host Controller driver update (v30.63.1603.5) improves auto rotation reliability when tablet mode is turned off.

  • Surface Book Base Firmware driver update (v1.2.0.0) improves battery life during sleep.

Surface Pro 4 updates:

  • System Hardware Update – 2/17/2016

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface UEFI

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Management Engine

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface System Aggregator Firmware

  • Surface Management Engine update (v11.0.0.1202) improves system stability.

  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v103.1081.260.0) improves accuracy of battery status and battery life during sleep.

  • Surface UEFI update (v104.1085.768.0) improves battery life and improves stability during power state transition changes into and out of sleep states.

  • Intel® Precise Touch Device driver update (v1.1.0.226) improves stability during power state transition changes into and out of sleep states.

  • Intel® HD Graphics 520 driver update (v20.19.15.4364) improves display stability, system stability and battery life.

  • Intel® Display Audio driver update (v8.20.0.745) supports compatibility with the updated graphics driver.

  • Realtek High Definition Audio(SST) driver update (v6.0.1.7734) improves system stability.

  • Intel® Smart Sound Technology (Intel® SST) Audio Controller driver update (v8.20.0.866) improves system stability.

  • Intel® Smart Sound Technology (Intel® SST) OED driver update (v8.20.0.866) improves system stability.

  • Intel® Management Engine Interface driver update (v11.0.0.1176) improves system stability.

  • Intel® Serial IO GPIO Host Controller driver update (v30.63.1603.5) improves auto rotation reliability when tablet mode is turned off.

  • Intel® Serial IO I2C Host Controller driver update (v30.63.1603.5) improves auto rotation

Microsoft also notes:

When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface 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.

Many fans flocked to the Surface Book when it came out. It was Microsoft's first laptop. They flocked to it for the same reason that Android fans flock to Nexus devices. Having a first party device makes you feel like you're experiencing the OS in the way that it was meant to be.

After spending anywhere between $1,499 and $3,199 on a Surface Book, many were disappointed with the experience that they received for the hefty price tag. Hopefully, this update will fix the issues that users of both Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 have had.

Have these firmware updates improved your experience on the Surface Book or Surface Pro 4? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Surface Update History

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