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Intel-powered Surface Laptop 3 is getting new driver updates

A black Surface Laptop 3

Microsoft is starting March off with plenty of updates for its Surface devices. After both the first- and second-generation Surface Laptops, then the Surface Go and Laptop Go devices, it's now time for the Surface Laptop 3 to get its share of new drivers. Unlike the other devices, though, the Surface Laptop 3 has two major configuration options - those with Intel processors or those with AMD.

The updates rolling out today are for the Surface Laptop 3 models that have Intel CPUs. Those can be found in the 13.5-inch variant, as well inside the Surface Laptop 3 for Business, which comes in a 15-inch size too.

The list of updates is fairly lengthy and it shares many similarities with those for other devices in terms of the changes they bring. Improvements to audio performance, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even Cortana's voice activation are in tow. Here's the full list:

Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Update
Intel Corporation - System - Intel(R) Smart Sound Technology (Intel(R) SST) Audio Controller - System devices

Improves audio performance and battery life.

Intel Corporation - System - 10.24.4813.245 Intel(R) Smart Sound Technology (Intel(R) SST) OED - System devices

Improves audio performance and battery life.

Intel - net - Intel(R) WiFi 6 AX201 160MHz - Network adapters

Improves Wi-Fi reliability and stability.

Intel - Bluetooth - Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth - Bluetooth

Improves Bluetooth reliability and stability.

Realtek Semiconductor Corp. - SoftwareComponent - 11.0.6000.92 Realtek Hardware Support Application - Software components

Improves audio performance and device stability.

Realtek Semiconductor Corp. - Extension - Realtek Device Extension - Extn

Improves integration between system services.

Realtek Semiconductor Corp. - Media - 6.0.9083.3 Realtek High Definition Audio (SST) - Sound, video, and game controllers

Improves audio performance and device stability.

Intel Corporation - System - 1.0.1709.0 Detection Verification - System devices

Improves Cortana voice activation scenarios.

Surface - Security - Surface Trusted Platform Module 2.0 - Security devices

Addresses security updates and improves system stability.

In order to get the updates - and stop us if you've heard this before - you'll need to be running Windows 10 version 1903 or newer. Version 1903 fell out of the support lifecycle back in December, so you should already be running a newer version anyway. Also, updates like this may roll out in phases, so not everyone will get them immediately.

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