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Microsoft continues its recent work to improve the stability of its Surface line with a pair of firmware updates.
Microsoft’s Surface Studio is its newest machine in the Surface line, bringing an innovative new all-in-one (AIO) concept to the desktop PC. The Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft’s oldest current Surface machine, serving as the “tablet that can replace your notebook.”
Microsoft issued updates for the two machines, with the Surface Studio getting its first ever firmware update and the Surface Studio getting its first significant update in a couple of months. Today, Microsoft released information on exactly what was included in the updates, as Neowin reports.
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The Surface Studio hasn’t been in the hands of users for very long, having been introduced at Microsoft’s October 2016 Windows 10 Creators Update event. Sales have been strong for the very niche and expensive device, and early adopters have a decent update to look forward to that might address some early issues:
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 965M 220.127.116.1120: Reduces time to wake from sleep and improves compatibility with the latest games
- Surface UEFI 117.1394.768.0: Improves time to wake up from sleep and speech recognition accuracy
- Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) OED 18.104.22.1688: Improves reliability of Skype call audio and notification alerts
- Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) Audio Controller 22.214.171.1248: Improves reliability of Skype call audio and notification alerts
- Intel Ethernet Connection (1) I219-LM 126.96.36.199: Improves Ethernet connection stability
The December 2016 update for the Surface Pro 4 was quite limited, and owners have likely been waiting for a more significant update. Microsoft has delivered with the January 2017 update, which provides a slew of new drivers and firmware to address a number of issues (in addition to adding support for a mysterious “upcoming product release”):
- Surface Pro 4 Firmware 2.0.302.0: Improves keyboard stability
- Intel Precise Touch Device 188.8.131.52: Disables touch when cover is closed
- Surface Integration Service Device 184.108.40.206: Improves battery life during sleep
- Surface Integration 220.127.116.11: Improves battery life during sleep
- Surface Toshiba Storage Firmware 1.1.617.0: improves storage performance
- Surface Embedded Controller Firmware: 103.1414.256.0: Adds support for an upcoming product release
- Surface System Aggregator 103.1413.258.0: Adds support for an upcoming product release
- Surface UEFI 106.1414.768.0: Improves system stability
Microsoft seems to have stabilized the reliability and stability of the Surface line after some early issues with its Surface Pro and Surface Book offerings. So far, the company has largely avoided any major issues with the Surface Studio, and today’s firmware update would appear to continue the recent tradition of keeping the Surface line more stable and productive.