Well, this is unprecedented: This month, every singlemodel ever made—Surface RT, Surface Pro, Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3—received a set of firmware updates. So fire up Windows Update, folks. It's time to get busy.
Note: Microsoft also said that it would fix a persistent Surface Pro 3 Wi-Fi bug in a separate update that it expects to deliver on July 16.
Here's what's new this month:
The following update in "System Hardware Update – 7/8/2014" applies to Surface RT.
Surface Home Button Driver (v188.8.131.52) enhances system stability in both the active state and the sleep/wake transition state.
The following updates in "System Firmware Update – 7/8/2014" apply to Surface Pro.
•Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.84.0350) improves battery management when a Surface Cover is attached.
Surface Pro UEFI (v1.6.350) provides support for PXE boot with the new Surface Ethernet Adapter.
Intel HD Graphics 4000 (v10.18.10.3496) improves Miracast wireless display experience and enhances display stability.
Intel Display Audio (v6.16.00.3135) enhances compatibility and improves the display experience for DisplayPort monitors.
Surface Accessory Device (v1.0.338.0) improves the experience when using Surface accessories.
Surface Power Cover Firmware update (v1.0.339.0) improves the experience when using Surface Power Cover.
Surface 2/Surface 2 LTE
The following update in "System Firmware Update – 7/8/2014" applies to Surface 2. (Actually, this updated applies only to the LTE version of Surface 2.)
Modem Firmware Update (v5.706.306.1) enhances the performance and reliability of the AT&T 4G LTE network on Surface 2 4G LTE.
Surface Pro 2
The following update in "System Hardware Update – 7/8/2014" applies to Surface Pro 2.
Wireless Network Controller (v 14.69.24054.176) enables functionality on wireless networks utilizing hidden SSIDs.
Surface Pro 3
The following updates in "System Firmware Update – 7/8/2014" apply to Surface Pro 3.
Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v.184.108.40.206) reducing power consumption, and enhancing system stability.
Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v. 220.127.116.11) enhancing battery life, and increasing efficiency and reliability in low power states.
Surface Type Cover Firmware Update (v. 2.0.1021.0) improving trackpad reliability and system stability.
Surface Accessory Device (v. 2.0.1012.0) helping the on-screen keyboard (OSK) appear and disappear at the correct times.
Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth (v. 15.68.3042.79) enhancing system stability, reducing power consumption in low power states, and improving some Wi-Fi connection scenarios.
Wi-Fi connection and throughput issues. Microsoft will also issue an update on Wednesday, July 16, to further improve Wi-Fi connection and throughput scenarios.