Details about January 2016 Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 Firmware Updates

Details about January 2016 Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 Firmware Updates

Owners of Microsoft's Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 received the latest firmware updates for their devices beginning yesterday and those updates are still rolling out to other users of those devices.

While the latest members of the Surface hardware line, the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, wait for their own updates to address the litany of issues those devices are experiencing these two devices are receiving quite a few new drivers in this latest firmware update.

Initially there were no details posted on Microsoft's Surface support website which show the history of updates to products in the Surface line however, they have now gone live and are summarized below.

Surface 3 (WiFi)

  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) improves reliability with the Surface 3 Type Cover
  • Surface UEFI update (v1.51116.18.0) adds ability within Windows Power & sleep settings to turn off Wi-Fi during sleep. Improved touch support for UEFI menus and support for 3rd party onscreen keyboards improvements.
  • Microsoft Surface ACPI-Compliant Control Method Batter driver update (v1.2.0.2) ensures correct surface driver is installed.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9037.59) improves access point compatibility and throughput on 5GHz.
  • Surface Digitizer Integration driver update (v1.0.1.1) improves pen pairing feature with newest surface pen.
  • Surface Pen Pairing driver update (v1.0.1.1) improves pen pairing feature with newest surface pen.
  • Audio Device driver update (v604.10135.7777.2109) improves audio quality with some applications.
  • I2S Audio Codec driver update (v6.2.9600.527) improves audio quality with some applications.
  • Serial IO GPIO Controller driver update (v604.10146.2652.3930) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework Driver update (v604.10146.2651.1559) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Serial IO I2C ES Controller driver update (v604.10146.2654.3564) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Serial IO SPI Controller driver update (v604.10146.2657.947) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Serial IO UART Controller driver update (v604.10146.2653.391) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Sideband Fabric Device update (v604.10146.2655.573) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Trusted Execution Engine Interface driver update (v2.0.0.1067) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.

Surface 3 (AT&T 4G LTE, Verizon 4G LTE, 4G LTE in North America (non-AT&T), 4G LTE in Europe, Y!mobile 4G LTE)

  • GNSS Bus Driver update (v20.23.8244.18) improves GPS experience.
  • GNSS 47531 Geolocation Sensor driver update (v20.23.8244.18) improves GPS experience.
  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.304.0) enhances the Wi-Fi connectivity reliability while mobile broadband is ON.

Surface 3 (Verizon 4G LTE)

  • Surface IA7260 Firmware Update (v1544.01.00.28) improves mobile broadband network stability.

Surface Pro 3

  • Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware update (v38.9.50.0) improves system start-up reliability.
  • Surface Pro UEFI update (v3.11.1150.0) adds pen support in UEFI menus and improved support for 3rd party onscreen keyboards.
  • Surface Fingerprint Sensor driver update (v2.2.10.6) improves accuracy.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9037.59) improves access point compatibility and throughput on 5GHz.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update 4331 (v20.19.15.4331) improves color calibration and system stability.
  • Display Audio driver update (v6.16.00.3189) supports compatibility with the updated HD Graphics Family driver.
  • Surface Cover Audio driver update (v2.0.1220.0) improves system stability.
  • Microsoft Surface ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery driver update (v1.2.0.2) ensures correct surface driver is installed.

Most users are hopeful that the Intel video driver crash is one of the issues that is cleared up with these updates but some initial responses on social media indicate systems with this latest update are still experiencing the display adapter crash.

Have you updated your Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3? How did it go and are you noticing any continuing or new issues afterwards?

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