Latest Surface Pro firmware updates add official support for Windows 10 S

We finally know what was packed in the latest firmware updates for the new Surface Pro, and Windows 10 S seems to be the running theme.

Microsoft recently released a new batch of firmware updates for the new Surface Pro, but a lack of release notes at the time meant the changes were initially unknown. Now, release notes have been posted to the Surface Update History page, showing exactly what was added.

The big takeaway? These updates bring official support for Windows 10 S to the Surface Pro with a set of Intel driver updates (via Thurrott). The notes also mention support for "an upcoming product release," which presumably hints at the Fall Creators Update. Here's a look at the notes in full:

  • Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Processor Participant - 8.2.11004.3973 enable support for Windows 10s.
  • Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Power Participant - 8.2.11004.3973 enable support for Windows 10s.
  • Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Generic Participant - 8.2.11004.3973 enable support for Windows 10s.
  • Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Processor Manager - 8.2.11004.3973 adds support for an upcoming product release.

Based on the notes, we're likely seeing Microsoft laying the groundwork to start selling a version of Surface Pro with Windows 10 S preloaded. Of course, the updates also smooth the road for anyone who wants to give the Windows Store-restricted OS a shot on their current Surface Pro as well.