Surface Book and Pro 4 updates bring improved battery in Connected Standby and more

If you're an owner of a Surface Book or Pro 4, it's once again time to check for updates, as Microsoft has released a number of driver updates for the two devices.

One thing that is notable here is that the firm seems to be changing the way that it documents these updates on its Surface Update History page. The updates are now listed in a table format, rather than in separate lists. If you head over to the page, you'll see that it's clearly different from former updates.

Also, it's worth noting that the updates began to appear last night, but Microsoft didn't update the history page for the Pro 4 until this morning, and the page for the Surface Book didn't get updated until a few minutes ago.

Here's what's new for the Surface Book:

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Embedded Controller Firmware v88.1171.256.0 adjustments to system thermal tuning and optimizes battery utilization in connected standby and in low battery scenario.
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Management Engine‚Äč v11.0.11.1006 improves system stability resuming from sleep or hibernation and increased reliability of touch and pen capabilities.
  • Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter v15.68.9040.67 enhances Wi-Fi driver settings to support Gulf region.
  • Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller v15.68.9040.67 enhances Wi-Fi driver settings to support Gulf region.
  • Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) Precise Touch Device‚Äč v1.1.0.240 improves touch stability.

The following additional update is available for Surface Book devices that have a Samsung solid state drive (SSD):

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface NVM Express Controller v10.0.4.0 improves stability of NVMe Storage.

Internally, Surface Book and Pro 4 are very similar devices. Because of that, the driver updates are similar as well, with only a few minor differences. For clarity, we'll list all of them.

Here's what's new for the Surface Pro 4:

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Embedded Controller Firmware v103.1158.256.0 adjustments to system thermal tuning and optimizes battery utilization in connected standby and in low battery scenario.
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Management Engine v11.0.11.1006 improves system stability resuming from sleep or hibernation and increased reliability of touch and pen capabilities.
  • Fingerprint Cards AB driver update for Surface Fingerprint Sensor v2.2.10.8 increase stability of fingerprint sensor when keyboard is resuming from sleep.
  • Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter v15.68.9040.67 enhances Wi-Fi driver settings to support Gulf region.
  • Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller v15.68.9040.67 enhances Wi-Fi driver settings to support Gulf region.
  • Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) Precise Touch Device v1.1.0.240 improves touch stability.

The following additional update is available for Surface Pro 4 devices that have a Samsung solid state drive (SSD):

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface NVM Express Controller v10.0.4.0 improves stability of NVMe Storage.

It's interesting to see that the Surface Pro 4 received an update to increase stability of the fingerprint reader, as the Surface Pro 3 did not receive the same update (or any updates). After all, when Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 4 Type Keyboard model with a fingerprint reader, it did say that it was designed with Pro 3 users in mind, so they could get support for Windows Hello too.

It's clear that Microsoft is doing its best to work out the kinks in the Surface Book and Pro 4. After all, this isn't even the first batch of updates to the devices this month. The first was two weeks ago.

Source: Surface Update History

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