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Surface 3 and Surface 3 LTE tablets both get new firmware updates

Microsoft is pushing out new firmware updates for both the Surface 3 and the Surface 3 LTE, for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. with a number of improvements and bug fixes for both tablets.

Here is the detailed change log for both versions:

For Surface 3 devices running Windows 10:

  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50811.238.0) - Improves the power performance and system reliability, adds support for Modern Standby in Windows 10, and adds configurable support from the Windows OS for provisioning scenarios.
  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) - Improves Surface 3 Type Cover experience.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9030.47) - Improves the wireless network connectivity and stability.
  • SST Audio Device (v604.10135.7777.2109) - Enhances audio performance and improves the audio experience while playing music and games.
  • Serial IO GPIO Controller (v604.10146.2652.3930)
  • Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework Driver (v604.10146.2651.1559)
  • Serial IO I2C ES Controller (v604.10146.2654.3564)
  • Serial IO UART Controller (v604.10146.2653.391)
  • Sideband Fabric Device (v604.10146.2655.573)
  • Trusted Execution Engine Interface (v2.0.0.1067)
  • Low Power Subsystem SPI Controller (v604.10146.2657.947) - Chipset drivers update improves system stability and touch screen reliability.

For Surface 3 devices running Windows 8.1:

  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50811.238.0) - Improves the power performance and system reliability, and adds configurable support from the Windows OS for provisioning scenarios.
  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) - Improves Surface 3 Type Cover user experience.
  • Intel Serial IO GPIO Controller (v603.9600.2305.3926) - Improves touch screen reliability.

For Surface 3 LTE devices running Windows 10:

  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50811.238.0) - Improves the power performance and system reliability, adds support for Modern Standby in Windows 10, and adds configurable support from the Windows OS for provisioning scenarios.
  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) - Improves Surface 3 Type Cover experience.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9030.47) - Improves the wireless network connectivity and stability.
  • Geolocation Sensor driver update (v20.23.8244.18) - Improves GPS experience.
  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.270.0) - Enhances the Wi-Fi connectivity reliability while mobile broadband is ON.
  • SST Audio Device (v604.10135.7777.2109) - Enhances audio performance and improves the audio experience while playing music and games.
  • Intel Serial IO GPIO Controller (v604.10146.2652.3930)
  • Intel(R) Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework Driver (v604.10146.2651.1559)
  • Intel(R) Serial IO I2C ES Controller (v604.10146.2654.3564)
  • Intel(R) Sideband Fabric Device (v604.10146.2655.573)
  • Intel(R) Trusted Execution Engine Interface (v2.0.0.1067)
  • Intel(R) Serial IO UART Controller (v604.10146.2653.391)
  • Intel(R) Low Power Subsystem SPI Controller (v604.10146.2657.947) - Chipset drivers update improves system stability and touch screen reliability.

For Surface 3 LTE devices running Windows 8.1:

  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50811.238.0) - Improves the power performance and system reliability, adds support for Modern Standby in Windows 10, and adds configurable support from the Windows OS for provisioning scenarios.
  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) - Improves Surface 3 Type Cover experience.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9030.193) - Improves the wireless network connectivity and stability.
  • Geolocation Sensor driver update (v20.23.8244.18) - Improves GPS experience.
  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.270.0) - Enhances the Wi-Fi connectivity reliability while mobile broadband is ON.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

28 Comments
  • Good. My surface 3 battery life / management could use an update
  • Amen to that. Battery life just ain't been right since I updated my S3 to Windows 10.
  • Same Here...every time i pick it up find it with zero battery...how so?
  • its a software problem with the wifi, its constantly checking and throttling battery life when in use and in sleep. best work around is to power of and hope the new update fixes it .
  • Thank GOD!!! :D
  • Good lord, Microsoft... How about something for older Surface Pro 2s that fixes the horrible W10 battery life?  I had to resort to a rollback :(
  • think about us with WinRT machines.....
  • Haha, dont tell me... I will never ever buy again niche-smelling product from Microsoft!
  • Anyone have the LTE version? Is it worth ditching my Wi-Fi Surface 3 for it?
  • It's pretty awesome if you need to be connected. However, if not I would consider SP4 with Core m3, much better peformance.
  • Yea I picked up one thinking I needed to be connected and can barely use it out due to poor battery life but hopefully this update helps out. However, I found that I don't really need to be connected everywhere.
  • I am really loving Groove what great music application, keep improving MS - Well done!
  • "Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9030.47) - Improves the wireless network connectivity and stability."   If you say it enough times it will come true?
  • Hah, right!
  • How do you install these? They don't show up on Windows update.
  • Me too would like to know.
  • I cannot find them
  • Hopefully, this fixes the issue on my S3 (running W8.1) where I boot it up and the display doesn't turn on at all, no Surface logo, nothing. The device is definitely on as it still vibrates when the Windows button is pressed. A soft reset fixes it temporarily, but as soon as I turn it off, the same thing happens again. It's a little frustrating as it more than doubles the boot up time.
  • I wonder if this update will fix the Usb port on my surface 3?
  • What's "Modern Standby" in Windows 10, and how is it different to InstantGo/Connected Standby from Windows 8 / 8.1?
  • Should have just Googled before asking: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/mt282515(v=vs.85).aspx
  • Dang it, I could have sworn I read Surface Pro 3 in this article last night. I checked some of the driver details this morning and they weren't matching up to the article. Dope ! Feel like an ID10T. I'm Happy for the S3 folks though for sure. My SP3 did get several updates as well, I left it update and assumed I knew what I was getting.
  • Is this update for all surface 3 models all around the world, or is it language/region specific?
  • Hmm, well lets read those super descriptive changelogs, what has been fixed this months: Improves Surface XXXXX experience BLABLABLA -> Pure BS without the real explanation what has been fked up in that module. Enhances yyyy performance BLABLABLA -> Pure BS without the real explanation what has been fked up in that module. Improves the wireless network connectivity and stability.  -->this one must be hell of a pain for you MSFT, right? I remember they are fighting with this fkin wifi issues since the first Surface 1 RT hit the market in 2012 September (thats more than 3 years now, LOL) Guess if you put the same crappy WIFI controller into the SoC, problems will haunt you even after years. Design-defected shitty
    HW cannot be fixed from SW magic. Only IT-illeterate ordinary people think so. If the silicone is built, no SW magic of the heavens will fix wrong wiring of those billions of tranzistors. Btw. I "like" to see the same arrogance that you can experience here at a conssumer-grade product, has already been infiltrated into the MSFT enterprise calls of product changelogs. Like an example: you want to read the update changelog to see exactly what is fixed in the recent Exchange server cumulative update, because you are facing some serious bugs. So you can do the educated guess whether it is worth staying in the office late night to update your dozen of mail servers, or none of your exact issues are addressed this month. The moment when you get the answer: "...blabla improves the reliability and performance of module XYZ blablabla" BS. Brilliant! Try to be smart with this kind of input...!
  • Did anyone get the update?
  • Go to the Microsoft source link to download the firmware update/s. Installed this morning and it fixed my slow 5GHz WIFI issue.
  • No sign of an update in Oz. System Update keeps installing System Firmware Update - 7/23/2015. Anyone else having this same issue?
  • Exactly the same issue with my Surface 3 in Austrlaia.  My system re-installs the July firmware every couple of weeks