What you need to know
- A new firmware update for Surface Headphones is available.
- A new "device controls" feature is present.
- Latest update bumps the firmware to version 188.8.131.52.12.
A new firmware update for the Microsoft Surface Headphones appears to be rolling out for the device via the Cortana app on iOS and Android or the dedicated devices app on Windows 10. Right now, there's no official changelog, but the firmware version has been bumped from version 184.108.40.206 to 220.127.116.11.21, making this a minor firmware revision.
The update appeared as a notification on Windows 10, and likely does the same on iOS and Android via the Cortana app if you have it installed. The update took about 15 minutes to download, and a short time to install once the download had completed.
New with this firmware is a new "device controls" feature that allows you to toggle on and off different device functions such as the "Hey Cortana" command, touch controls, and voice prompts.
The last firmware update was quite a big one, introducing the ability to pair up to 8 bluetooth devices for easy switching between, among a number of other bug fixes. The last firmware update was released in March 2019, making it five months between this new firmware update and the last one.
So far, the only notable change with this firmware is the addition of a new "device controls" feature. This marks the second firmware update for the Surface Headphones since launch. We'll keep an eye out for an official changelog from Microsoft, but in the meantime, have you updated your Surface Headphones to the latest firmware?
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I always check here for changelog: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4489453
Does it also remove Cortana functionality?
Dude, didn't you get a dog or something?
I guess it isn't bad thinking the same thing after Cortana was removed from GLAS. I thought for sure they released a firmware update to nuke her. Now I don't even know if I want to get the Surface Headphones. I bought Invokes because I preferred Cortana. And yes, I have Echos around the house and have used Assistant. I prefer Cortana. I was going to get GLAS but was a bit out of my price range at the moment. But now that they removed Cortana from GLAS, I wonder how long before Cortana gets removed from Invoke. I can definitely see Cortana being removed from Surface Headphones as a "firmware update". More like a downgrade....
No. I just got the update...still her wonderful self on the headphones 😙
Installing the update, right now. :)
I wonder how many of theses they sold. Look amazing but never seen anyone with them.
They are actually pretty good. I find the controls a lot easier to use than those on my Bose. Very comfortable too. I do wish they folded up smaller.
I was on a plane yesterday and I saw someone else wearing a pair, I'm sure that is an odd thing to have two pairs on one flight.
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