Updated Surface Pro 2 firmware likely to be released on January 14th

Surface Pro 2 owners who have waited through the holidays for new firmware drivers may have to wait just a little bit longer. According to an owner of Microsoft's new Windows 8.1 tablet, the next firmware release won't happen until later in January.

The post on Microsoft's support forums, from user "Jackabite", states:

Just got off a call with Surface support team and they confirmed that the new firmware will be released January 14th. Interesting the support team have been told by Microsoft that the botched December firmware only affected 3 in 1000 devices, needless to say I nearly fell off my chair when they said that!

If true, that would mean Microsoft is waiting until their next "Patch Tuesday" event to release the new firmware drivers. The company typically releases software updates for its products, including the Surface tablets, on the second Tuesday of each month.

December's Patch Tuesday saw the release of new firmware for all of the Surface models, including the Pro 2, but afterwards, posts on Microsoft's support forums indicated many owners were experiencing installation issues with the update. There were also complaints that once the firmware was installed, the tablet's battery life was greatly reduced.

A few days later, Microsoft announced it was pulling the December Surface Pro 2 firmware from circulation and added that an "alternative update package" would be released "after the holidays." Microsoft later sent out a message stating the update would be re-released "as soon as possible" that led to speculation that the firmware would be made available before the holidays were completed. However, it would now appears that Microsoft is simply waiting for the next "Patch Tuesday" event to release the new update.

Source: Microsoft Support via WinBeta | Image via Microsoft

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I can't even find a Surface Pro 2 256gb version anywhere at regular retail price. I want to buy one this month!

so despite the complaints and the feedback that they'd bring it out sooner, it's still coming out after the holiday like they originally said lol...

You didnt really think that even a single person inside that company was working on christmas eve to fix some sh*tty software problem if instead he could be with his family at home, eating some turkey etc..?

no I personally didn't care but had read about people being ****ed that it would be delayed and then saw ms saying that it would be released sooner and thought it was just funny that it ended up being as long as they originally stated

Hopefully we also get a fix for the NVIDIA display driver issue on the Surface 2. The drivers will not update past August 2013 and many users are reporting BSODs.

All of our Surface 2 Pro's are having date issues, they are all stuck on Jan 1, 2014 and will not change off that date... even when you set the clock / calendar, it just goes right back to Jan 1, 2014 plus the current time...

They sold more than 1000 devices. #problems/#sold == 0.3% == 3/1000.

It is no different than when Apple reports that a "small number" had a problem without giving any actual numbers, or Sony saying that the PS4 failed at 0.4% (although, that number was reported a week before it even went on sale).

I used to get really bad speeds on my Surface Pro, but only at home. While at work, at a local coffee shop, etc. it worked fine. Then I decided to upgrade my router from a N to an AC. Speed immediately became a non-issue. Since the Pro does not have an AC radio that would not be the reason. So I don't know if the router was misconfigured, I had the wrong encryption method entered on the Pro, or if the WiFi card had some incompatibility with the router. But after the switch it worked with no problem.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
I used to get really bad speeds on my Surface Pro, but only at home. While at work, at a local coffee shop, etc. it worked fine. Then I decided to upgrade my router from a N to an AC. Speed immediately became a non-issue. Since the Pro does not have an AC radio that would not be the reason. So I don't know if the router was misconfigured, I had the wrong encryption method entered on the Pro, or if the WiFi card had some incompatibility with the router. But after the switch it worked with no problem.

The problem is that the SP blows at negotiating channels at 2.4GHz. It's fine at 5GHz, but I don't want to upgrade my router.