Surface 3 gets rare firmware update with security fixes in tow

The Surface 3 hasn't received a firmware update since late-2016, but, if you have one lying around, Microsoft is changing things up a bit by pushing a fresh set of fixes out to the device.

The latest updates include compatibility improvements with high-res external displays, along with a patch for the dreaded Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities that were first disclosed in January. Here's a look at what's new (opens in new tab):

  • Surface – Firmware – 1.51116.198.0 - Surface UEFI – Firmware: 1.51116.198.0 resolves potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002 (opens in new tab).
  • Intel Corporation – Display adapters – - Intel(R) HD Graphics – Display adapters: improves compatibility with high resolution external displays on Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

The updates are available now for all Surface 3 devices on the Windows 10 Creators Update and newer, and should be available to grab via Windows Update now.

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  • Well, kiss my F-in grits! They haven't forgot about Rodney.
  • But, I wonder what this will F-up🤔🤔
  • I hate doing updates on Window. Always a headache and never know what breaks.
  • But, what OS isn't like that????🤔🤔🤔
  • ChromeOS. 5 mins update completely better than 5 hrs
  • Please.. 🙄
  • Typical Rodney response.
  • 😉💜😘😘😘
  • On my surface pro 2017 are updates just 2-3 minutes long, don't compare EMMC with atom cpu, to chrome books or laptops with windows
  • Yeah but ChromeOS is just a web browser so it doesn't take much to upgrade it anyway.
  • AND, fixes can be updated in the background all damn day long until it's right...MS can't send 30 updates a day to your machine.
  • If you think that all it does you haven't been keeping up with its progress and about to release it running Linux as well as running Android apps.
  • My Surface 3 LTE is still in full use even though I'm looking to upgrade. I hate shopping for laptops. I found several in my budget i want to buy but really wanting an always connected LTE device that doesn't break the bank. This is good to know.
  • Me too. I'm home now looking to see what Microsoft delivers this fall with
    there new 10. device
  • The S3 is still serving me well...welcomed update - just might keep it a little while longer.
  • I love how now, the Surface 3 has a newer Intel GPU driver than the Surface Pro 4.
  • Well if it ain't broke don't fix it would seem to apply. What would a more up to date graphics driver add to the SP4 that the old one doesn't have?
  • Good. I'll check it out on my Surface 3.
  • Still got my Surface 3, love it. just waiting for next surface (non pro)
  • A 400 Dollar Surface 2 in 1 Tablet/Laptop hybrid with an intel core M CPU would be a
    breath of fresh air for many folks who cannot afford to pay 700 Dollars or more for the
    current Surface devices up for sale. I will buy one when they go up for sale. I am not
    doing intensive video editing or computer Aided design work so a core M Intel CPU
    Surface device would work well for what I do.
  • Got it. Also had an old intell update that was sitting around for a while...
  • Haven't seen it yet.
  • I was a bit surprised but appreciate the updates. I've been a happy S3 user for several years now.
  • Still using my Surface 3. Added a Surface Laptop which replaced the Surface Pro 3 that I donated to my Church. If the new non-pro Surface device looks and tests well, I'll donate my Surface 3 and replace it with the new unit. 😊