Surface RT and Surface Pro get new firmware updates

In July, Microsoft released a new firmware update for the Surface RT tablet, but not for the Surface Pro. Today, both versions of Microsoft's PC hardware family received new automatic updates as part of the company's monthly Patch Tuesday event.

The Surface RT patch notes state that its UEFI firmware update is designed to improve the audio of the tablet while it is set at low volume levels. The update also offers a fix for what Microsoft calls a "perceived pulsing" in the audio volume when the Surface RT is running certain types of content. Finally, the update  improves the tablet's system drivers to "enhance stability and reliability."

As far as the Surface Pro, the change notes for its latest firmware release are for both the UEFI and System Aggregator firmware. The website is a bit more general in tone, saying the fixes have been made to improve the "system stability" and the "reliability" of the Surface Pro. The updates are also designed to reduce the tablet's power consumption but no specifics were mentioned. Finally, the update is supposed to have touch latency improvements when the Surface Pro is used with the optional Type or Touch Covers.

Source: Microsoft

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Not good enough.
Too thick, and also space already eaten by windows a lot.
I hope the new version will be much better.

lmaobox said,
On 64GB version windows takes 36 GB, so you only have 28GB left for your data. That's just crazy.

I can't wait for the day someone invents some sort of device that could provide external storage, accessible via wireless or even USB. That way we could all keep our massive amounts of data off of our tablets, where it belongs.

Yea has anyone else have RT audio issues after they boosted it. Now when it is low it goes in and out. Hope this fixes it.

I've had no audio issues, but since the previous update, the wireless networking service can't keep itself on

Sign Out and Sign In again, this usually fixes issues that may occur. Always Sign out when you are done using it. I've noticed performance issues when 2 or more accounts haven't been signed out recently.

Both sets of updates (RT and Pro) apply only to devices running 8.0. Article doesn't mention that but it does on Microsoft's update history pages.

TheDisneyMagic said,
This has come through on my Pro running 8 but not on my Pro running 8.1.
Yea, I was all excited until I remembered I had the 8.1 preview on my RT.

TheDisneyMagic said,
This has come through on my Pro running 8 but not on my Pro running 8.1.
It's a firmware update meaning you only install it once for it to work... Did you choose not to install it, then check if it could be installed on 8.1?

AlterBridge86 said,
Both sets of updates (RT and Pro) apply only to devices running 8.0. Article doesn't mention that but it does on Microsoft's update history pages.

The updates apply to both Windows 8 and the 8.1 preview, they showed up on my Surface RT running the 8.1 preview.

neo158 said,

The updates apply to both Windows 8 and the 8.1 preview, they showed up on my Surface RT running the 8.1 preview.

Firmware updates don't install to your OS, they install to your ROM.