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Surface Pro 6 gets new driver and firmware updates to improve stability
by João Carrasqueira
A handful of Microsoft's Surface devices have already received firmware and driver updates over the past few days, and today, it's time for the Surface Pro 6 to join the fray. The 2-in-1 tablet first released over two years ago is getting a set of updates focused on improving stability and security.
Most of the updates seem to be Intel-related, including a new graphics driver. Here's the full list:
Windows Udpate History Name Device Manager Name Update Intel Corporation – Display – 184.108.40.20681 Intel(R) HD Graphics – Display adapters Improves graphics and system stability.
Intel Corporation – Extension - 220.127.116.1181 Intel® Display Graphics Adapter Driver Extension Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Intel - Extension - 1918.104.22.1680 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Extension Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Intel – SoftwareComponent - 1.62.321.1 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Software devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Intel - System - 2040.100.0.1029 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface - System devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Surface - Firmware - 22.214.171.12438 Surface ME - Firmware Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
The updates for the Surface Pro 6 come very shortly after the Surface Studio 2 got its own set of updates. The two devices were announced at the same event in late 2018, and while the Surface Pro 6 has already received a few successors, we have yet to see a follow-up to the Studio 2, so that's still Microsoft's flagship all-in-one.
As usual, you'll need to be running Windows 10 version 1903 or newer to get the updates, but since that version is no longer supported by Microsoft, you should already be using something newer. You can find the updates in the Settings app under Windows Update. Alternatively, you can download the latest driver package from here.
By Rich Woods
Surface Studio 2 gets updates with general improvements
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft is releasing a round of driver and firmware updates for its Surface Studio 2 all-in-one PC. There's nothing wildly exciting about them, as they include security updates and system stability improvements. As usual, they're available for anyone running Windows 10 version 1903 or higher.
Here's the full list of updates:
Windows Update History Name
Device Manager Name Version and Update Intel - Extension - 19126.96.36.1990 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Extension 19188.8.131.520
Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel – SoftwareComponent - 1.62.321.1 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Software devices 1.62.321.1
Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel - System - 2040.100.0.1029 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface - System devices 2040.100.0.1029
Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface - Firmware - 184.108.40.20638 Surface ME - Firmware 220.127.116.1138
Addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Microsoft first announced the Surface Studio 2 back in October 2018, about two and a half years ago. It was at the same event where the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 were announced. But while those portable PCs have been refreshed since, the Surface Studio hasn't, still being sold with seventh-generation processors that are four generations old, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, which are two generations old. In fact, there aren't even any rumors or leaks around a new Surface Studio.
Anyway, if you've got a Surface Studio 2, you can grab these updates through Windows Update. You can also download the drivers and firmware bundle for the device here.
Microsoft will update Snipping Tool and Paint through the Microsoft Store
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft is making it possible to update even more of Windows 10's inbox apps updatable through the Microsoft Store, separating them from OS updates. This morning, it was reported that Paint - once supposed to be on its way out - was coming to the Microsoft Store, and with the release of Windows 10 build 21354 to Insiders in the Dev channel, the Snipping Tool is joining the fray.
Paint was initially going to be phased out in favor of Paint 3D, which was introduced back in 2017, but when Microsoft announced its demise, users weren't happy. The company quickly backtracked and not only kept Paint around, but also promised to put the app on the Microsoft Store. Almost four years later, it's finally happening, and it comes with a new icon for the app.
As for the Snipping Tool, Microsoft also introduced something of a successor in the form of Snip & Sketch, another built-in Windows 10 app that was first introduced in 2018. In fact, on the latest version of Windows 10, Snipping Tool shows a message saying it's moving to a new home. However, it has stuck around ever since, and now, it's actually being bundled into the same package as Snip & Sketch on the Microsoft Store.
Snip & Sketch was already receiving updates independently from the operating system, and now the classic Snipping Tool will be able to do so as well. This could also enable Microsoft to more easily have feature parity between the two apps and eventually phase out one or the other, but there's no indication right now of when that might happen.
This week's Windows 10 build was somewhat light on new features, but it also adds new options in the Windows 10 Settings app. You'll soon be able to adjust some webcam settings like brightness and contrast on a system level, for example. You can find the full changelog here.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft releases ISO images for Windows 10 build 21354
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21354, and alongside it, we're getting new ISO images for those that want to do a clean installation of the OS. The last time Microsoft released new Dev channel ISOs was on January 6, when it published images for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21286.
There were, however, Beta channel ISOs released since then. In March, the company published its first ISOs for Windows 10 version 21H1. In fact, 21H1, or build 19043, is shown as being the ISOs for both the Beta and Release Preview channels. This is despite the fact that 21H1 isn't actually available in the Release Preview channel unless you're a commercial customer.
The Dev channel isn't tied to a specific release, so this is officially another prerelease build. That means that if you install this, there's no telling when you'll be able to switch off Insider Preview builds and return to production without doing a factory reset. We all expected 21H1 to be that, but instead it turned into a minor update with the build number only increasing by one.
We're now expecting the next major update to be 21H2. It's going to have some big visual changes, x64 emulation on ARM, possibly Android emulation, and more.
You can download the new ISO images here.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 21354 from the co_release branch
by Rich Woods
As is typically the case for a Wednesday, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build to the Dev channel today. The build number is 21354, and while there's a lot in the changelog, nothing stands out as being too major.
For one thing, Paint and Snipping Tool are now going to be updated through the Microsoft Store, just like we've seen from Notepad. In fact, the Paint listing was spotted earlier today, so now it's official. There are also news and interests improvements, as usual.
What's probably more interesting is that this is from the co_release branch, rather than rs_prerelease. That means that Microsoft is working on finalizing the next feature update.
Here's the full changelog:
As usual, you can grab the build via Windows Update. If you're not on the Dev channel, you can enroll via the Windows Insider Program tab in Settings.