Surface, Surface 2 and Surface Pro receive firmware updates

The Surface 2 gets the most changes among the Surface models in this month's firmware updates.

As part of Patch Tuesday today, Microsoft will release a firmware updates for three of its four Surface tablet models. The company posted the details of each firmware update on the tablets' support pages.

The Surface 2, running on Windows RT 8.1, will receive the most improvements and changes among the three models getting firmware downloads today. The Surface 2 page states that it will get an overall system performance boost and stability improvements with the update. The camera and battery life on the tablet will also gain unspecified improvements, along with an audio update that Microsoft says will add "switching to speaker playback after disconnecting a headset."

The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers both get updates today on the Surface 2, which will help to "improve wireless display performance." Finally, the firmware update will offer performance improvements for all of Microsoft's Type Covers and Touch Covers.

The original Surface tablet, previously known as Surface RT, will also get a firmware update today that will allow the tablet to use the Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2. That same feature will be added to the Surface Pro firmware update for Windows 8.

People who updated Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 on the Surface Pro will get two more firmware improvements. One updates the LifeCam driver to increase TrueColor fidelity while the other upgrades the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers for better "wireless display performance and to further enhance Wi-Fi network performance and stability." In case you are wondering, the new Surface Pro 2 tablet will apparently not get its own firmware update today.

Source: Surface, Surface 2 and Surface Pro support pages

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Really good update for original surface pro. I'm on 8.1 on the first Surface pro and things are much faster and IE is a lot more stable and they fixed a few IE glitches I was having.

Does this fix the miracast driver issue they had on Surface Pro? Cause you had to toggle wireless on/off to display to Push2TV from netgear.

this is all great but they need to prioritize surface pro's external display DPI controls. What they did in 8.1 was nice but what everybody wants is set the DPI per monitor. I want 150% scaling on the surface tablet, but 100% scaling on the external display. Their current method of doing this causes apps to scale up, but in doing so, it reduces the fidelity of the text, making it blurry and fuzzy. Metro/WinStore apps have no issues, so why can't they do the same for the win32 apps?

neonspark said,
Metro/WinStore apps have no issues, so why can't they do the same for the win32 apps?

Because lots of Win32 apps are not DPI-aware. The few apps that are DPI-aware will render correctly for 150% -- provided they are started on the 150% monitor.

TomJones said,

Because lots of Win32 apps are not DPI-aware. The few apps that are DPI-aware will render correctly for 150% -- provided they are started on the 150% monitor.

The most annoying thing I think is that I have set the DPI to 100% but IE refuses to listen. Works fine at 100% on my external monitor but as soon as it's dragged to the SP2 screen it reverts to 150% and that becomes listed as "default" in settings until dragged back over the to the other screen.

If they can pull the same sort of battery gains with these that they did with the wifi update before on the Pro 2 iirc, then wow.

Circaflex said,
I really hope they release something for the sp2 soon, the oct update is nothing but problems
What problems are you having? Mine has been working fine. I can't validate any battery improvements since I just installed the firmware when I got my device.

Circaflex said,
I really hope they release something for the sp2 soon, the oct update is nothing but problems

huh? what are these issues you speak off... I have my Surface Pro 2 and it's nothing but awesome!

A quick google search will show you the issues people are having, myself included. I have had to fully reset my SP2 after applying the Firmware update because it would either not shut down, would not properly wake up, there is a missing device in device manager related to the touch cover 1, internet will randomly decide to time out and then the driver no longer works and the device completely goes away. All of my issues went away when I decided to force hide the oct firmware update my SP2 does not experience any of these issues anymore. There are forums filled with similar complaints and all seem to be resolved hiding the update.

Don't get me wrong, I love my SP2.

beyond excellent... everyone who I know who has an ipad just look at me with envy... especially when I can do anything on my Surface Pro.

I've had my surface pro 2 for a couple weeks, the device is awesome but there is a serious lack of decent applications at the moment.

Fingers crossed it won't take too long for them to catch up as I know they will eventually.

nickcruz said,
beyond excellent... everyone who I know who has an ipad just look at me with envy... especially when I can do anything on my Surface Pro.

Then they logged onto the internet anywhere and surfed the web while you were worrying about where your internet connection was coming from LOL!

BTW I like the surface somewhat, except for no apps in the app store, it's pretty much a laptop except it's not because putting it on your lap is annoying! And who wants a freaking tablet without 3 or 4G? Somewhat useless, but for some reason I kinda want one!?!