The long-awaited Surface Pro 2 tablet’s firmware update has been released and issued by Microsoft this will replace the last released in December firmware, which caused some major problems for users.
The 10th December Microsoft firmware patch caused users to report a number of problems. Those who updated started experiencing a reduced battery life with their Surface Pro 2s either not fully charging or not even showing that they were being charged. Others were lucky enough to not get around to installing the patch before it was pulled. Wake and sleep issues were also found to be caused by the December firmware release as some users complained that their device started to shut down completely rather than going to sleep mode when they closed its cover. Also some users found their device didn’t react at all when the cover was closed…
The new firmware patch updates also resolve issues with the integrated volume button; improve the Type and Touch cover typing experiences on soft surfaces and/or when devices and keyboards are lying flat; fix issues with “random muting” and make unspecified Trackpad performance improvements. It offers with following improvements and features:
- Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games.
- Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points.
- Improved Surface Cover interaction including power-saving sleep functionality.
- Color fidelity improvements for all applications.
- Optimized two-finger trackpad use.
- Enhanced audio experience when connected to a Display Port 1.2 device
The Surface Pro2 update even fixes to Wi-Fi reliability allowing for better roaming and improvements to “limited” connectivity scenarios; the enablement of Windows To Go feature; and improved onscreen keyboard detection synchronization when going in and out of sleep, according to Microsoft.
When the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 update resulted in a host of failed installation attempts and poor battery life for those who were able to nab it, the company pulled the update and promised a fix.
One month on from the incident, it seems Microsoft has got its house in order and is rolling the update out to Intel-based Surface Pro 2 owners for a second time, hopefully this time it’s flawless.