Microsoft Surface RT and Pro updates rolling out, volume and Wi-Fi fixes in tow

Surface RT Updates

Microsoft is pushing out a series of updates for both the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets.

The updates for the Surface RT addresses the low speaker volume and other stability improvements. The Surface Pro updates deal with improved Wi-Fi connectivity and stability along with a video update to improve Skype performance.

You also get a PXE boot feature that can be used by administrators for network installation of Windows. Both cluster of updates also include the regular security updates.

Source: Surface RT/Surface Pro History Pages, Via: The Verge; Thanks, cddigi, for the tip!


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Microsoft Surface RT and Pro updates rolling out, volume and Wi-Fi fixes in tow


Much louder, though little difference from 50 - 100. To clarify, 50 is much louder than before.

You are very smart. But usually when I Skype with my family, my wife and older son are also sitting by me. Plus, I hate wearing headphones. I find it rude when you have family around and you are sitting in a conrner with your headphones on.

I would say the Pro is very quiet. I really hope this update fixes the Pro's volume and not just the RT's but I don't know yet.

The Pro is quiet as well. Not as quiet as the RT was but still low on volume. My sons Kindle Fire HD is super loud compared to my Surface tablets. Hope that gets fixed.

Don't have my Surface RT with me today at work. For those who have updated, how much louder is it now? It was always so damn low at 100.

Updating my RT and Pro now. I love the speed and regularity that Microsoft is pumping out updates instead of annual service packs.

Agreed. While I realize one involves changing the UEFI, and the other is software; I really wish they would update Windows Phone on a schedule like this. It definitely needs fixes and feature completion as badly as the Surface needed firmware updates for the Wi-Fi adapter, speaker volume, muting issue, and audio distortion while asleep. Now if they could just get the Wi-Fi performance better, the Surface would be perfect.

Fixes are always welcome.
Personally though, I'll be anxiously waiting for version 2 (hopefully with a MUCH IMPROVED batter life).

Waiting for my Surface Pro to full charge for updating. Do you guys already updated your Pro the Wacom driver? Now working on Photoshop with pressure!

I guess I'm the only one that was already satisfied with the RT's volume? I keep mine turned way down because usually its too loud

I'm with you. I don't typically use mine in load environments, so I've never really had any issues before, but I will always welcome improvements!

I usually take it with me around the house to watch my TV shows on while I'm doing chores, etc. I've noticed that it can easily get drowned out by ambient noise. The new volume sounds decent; haven't given it a good test yet though.

Nice, one of the only two problems I had. Now can we get some app love??? Am I the only one that needs HBO GO, NBA GameTime, Watch ESPN, SHOWTIME, etc.

Me too!! I don't want just apps from CBS, FOX-like basic channls, I want more apps for other TV channels!!

Yeah same here, but HBO, ShowTime, ESPN dont work through IE.
Please that is all we want more apps. That's the only department where apple and android have bragging rights over and there's nothing we can do about it.

Always impress by the monthly support RT/Pro gets.  Equally impressed by Nokia's updates as well.  Very well done guys.  Makes me proud to buy your products.  

Having the speakers facing backwards does not help the problem with surface sound volume. Hope they change the position in surface 2 I will get this update as soon as I get home, the speakers are my biggest disappointment with RT as soon as they release version 2 I am in.

Those with a pro cam fox the volume themselves. E.g vlc player amplifies volume up to 200% by default so there's no reason you couldn't tweak the system to say 125-150% amplification by default without affecting the speakers.

I sure hope they fixed that nagging power-on issue on the RT. It takes multiple presses of the Windows button before the lock screen finally shows. Even the official hardware power button on top does not work most of the time. A lot of people have these same issues (see answers.microsoft.com). Hope they fixed it with this update! Lovin my RT to death nonetheless!!

Yes! I forgot about that! Sometimes mine won't wake up for 15-20 seconds, regardless of whether I press the button once, or ten times.

Let have a conversation about the difficulty of browsing the web on a surface, I think there are two points to this, one, many sites just dont work with touch, they require mouse.  Second, IE on surface RT is a bit slow and unstable (it's usable but can be frustrating).  The navigate backwards performance on RT IE is very poor.  FIX THIS MS!  Give us a mouse OSK where you track with one hand and click with the other.  This is an awesome idea, can someone do a render please.