Microsoft Releases Updated Firmware for Second Generation Surface
In an effort to eliminate bugs, improve performance, and increase system stability, Microsoft has released new firmware and system updates for its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. In order to obtain these updates for the devices, users will have to ensure that the Windows 8.1 Update is installed if the tablets are running the Windows 8.1 operating system.
Starting off with the Surface 2, the firmware and updates pushed for the tablet mainly address battery life issues with various Surface keyboard covers. Users of the Surface 2 will notice compatibility with the Surface Power Cover, increased battery life when the tablet is not in use, enhanced charging behavior of the Power Cover, improved battery life when using the Power Cover, improved battery life when used with the Surface Power Cover, and an enhanced experience when using a Surface Cover. Additionally, the updates provide enhanced support for external displays, an improved Miracast experience, and an enhancement of overall system stability with reduced power consumption.
In regards to the Surface Pro 2, the firmware and updates pushed for the tablet mainly address how the tablet interacts with various Surface keyboard covers. Users of the Surface Pro 2 will notice enhanced system stability with microSD products, improved compatibility with the Power Cover, increased reliability of sleep state transitions with the Surface Cover attached, support for PXE boot with the new Surface Ethernet adapter, improved sleep state transitions when a Surface Cover is attached, and improved reliability when the Power Cover is attached and folded behind the tablet. The updates also provide users with an improved Miracast wireless display experience and enhanced display stability.