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Microsoft updates Surface app following launch of Pro 8, Go 3, and Laptop Studio

Surface Pro 8 Profile
Surface Pro 8 Profile (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft's Surface app has been updated with a new look and user experience.
  • The app now supports Surface accessories, including audio devices, docks, and pens.
  • The Surface app now works with Smart charging for devices that support it.

Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, and Surface Go 3 this week. Following the availability of the new hardware, Microsoft updated its Surface app for Windows. The app has a new look that fits in on Windows 11, and it has several new features. The app now works with Smart charging on supported devices. It also supports Surface accessories, including docks, pens, and audio devices.

Here's everything new from the Surface app's October 2021 update:

  • An updated user experience that complements the premium hardware experience for Surface
  • Support for Surface accessories, including Surface audio devices, pen, and docks
  • Support for features, like Smart charging, on devices that support it
  • New promotions for eligible Surface devices
  • Support for 36 languages

The app's user experience has changed quite a bit. Previously, the app looked similar to Windows 10 apps like the Settings app. The updated Surface app lines up better with Windows 11.

It's been a busy week for Microsoft's Surface lineup. Make sure to check out our Surface Pro 8 review and Surface Laptop Studio review to catch up on everything about the latest devices from Microsoft.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

  • "The app now supports Surface accessories, including audio devices, docks, and pens." Actually the old one did too. The new one thinks my gen 4 Pen is actually a Slim Pen and won't let me set pressure curves, it doesn't recognize my older pen at all, and it doesn't recognize my Surface Dial -- problems I didn't have with the old version. The look is great but it feels unfinished, much like what we're hearing about W11.
  • Hopefully this fixes the pressure curves resetting randomly. New app looks nice, but means nothing if I have to open it to change the setting every time I want to write.
  • That seemed to be fixed in previous updates. Man, that was annoying!