Surface Pro 3 November 18 Firmware update is now live
A few days ago, Microsoft detailed that a new firmware update was inbound for the increasingly popular Surface Pro 3.
Starting today at 1 pm ET, that update is now live.
The firmware update itself is relatively small, and the installation of the update took less than three minutes on the Core i7 version of the Surface. Users should also notice that during this system update, there is now a proper progress bar during the firmware update.
So what's in this firmware? Many fixes for Wi-Fi and a few for accidental wake-ups:
Surface Pro UEFI update (v3.11.350.0)
- Resolves scenarios where the device will boot to a black screen if McAfee Defense Encryption 7.1.1 is installed.
- Optimizes the FWPOST time to 3.7 seconds with the fast boot enabled.
- Prevents situations where system clock loses time when battery falls below 3%.
Surface Home Button driver update (v2.0.1174.0)
- Along with the pen update below, this helps prevent scenarios where device may accidentally wake up from sleep while being stored or carried.
Surface Pen Settings driver update (v220.127.116.11)
- Along with the home button driver update above, this helps to prevent scenarios where the device may accidentally wake up from sleep while being stored or carried.
Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3066.135)
- Enables better throughput after waking from sleep and connecting to an 802.11AC network.
- Ensures Infra scan list is not empty while connected to a wireless display adapter.
- Resolves an issue connecting to Cisco 1242 access points.
- Ensures device reconnects properly to a hidden SSID using a 5Ghz DFS channel after waking from sleep.
- Adds customer-requested functionality to prefer 5Ghz connections when both a 2.4ghz and 5ghz connection are present with the same SSID.
Download the update and let us know how it works out in comments! Thanks, Michael A., for the tip!
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I did have problems with the SP1, up until the switch. So I welcome frequent updates.
It could be a great replacement for a MBP imho. I mean, with those specs you could use professional SW like Photoshop, Protools, After Effects/Premiere Pro and stuff without any problems. Of course, I wouldn't render a whole After Effects project on a SP3, but that'd be a bad idea on a MBP as well ahahahah