Here’s what’s new in the January 2016 Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 firmware update

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Microsoft rolled out a firmware update for the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 yesterday, but there was no┬áchangelog available to tell us exactly what was fixed. The Redmond giant has finally published the changelog, and owners of the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 will be happy to know that January 2016’s firmware update contains a plethora of fixes.

Here’s the full changelog for the Surface 3:

  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) improves reliability with the Surface 3 Type Cover
  • Surface UEFI update (v1.51116.18.0) adds ability within Windows Power & sleep settings to turn off Wi-Fi during sleep. Improved touch support for UEFI menus and support for 3rd party onscreen keyboards improvements.
  • Microsoft Surface ACPI-Compliant Control Method Batter driver update (v1.2.0.2) ensures correct surface driver is installed.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9037.59) improves access point compatibility and throughput on 5GHz.
  • Surface Digitizer Integration driver update (v1.0.1.1) improves pen pairing feature with newest surface pen.
  • Surface Pen Pairing driver update (v1.0.1.1) improves pen pairing feature with newest surface pen.
  • Audio Device driver update (v604.10135.7777.2109) improves audio quality with some applications.
  • I2S Audio Codec driver update (v6.2.9600.527) improves audio quality with some applications.
  • Serial IO GPIO Controller driver update (v604.10146.2652.3930) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework Driver update (v604.10146.2651.1559) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Serial IO I2C ES Controller driver update (v604.10146.2654.3564) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Serial IO SPI Controller driver update (v604.10146.2657.947) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Serial IO UART Controller driver update (v604.10146.2653.391) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Sideband Fabric Device update (v604.10146.2655.573) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.
  • Trusted Execution Engine Interface driver update (v2.0.0.1067) improves system stability and touch screen reliability.

The 4G LTE version of the Surface 3 snagged additional improvements as well:

  • GNSS Bus Driver update (v20.23.8244.18) improves GPS experience.
  • GNSS 47531 Geolocation Sensor driver update (v20.23.8244.18) improves GPS experience.
  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.304.0) enhances the Wi-Fi connectivity reliability while mobile broadband is ON.
  • Surface IA7260 Firmware Update (v1544.01.00.28) improves mobile broadband network stability.

Let’s not forget about the Surface Pro 3, which also snagged improvements:

  • Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware update (v38.9.50.0) improves system start-up reliability.
  • Surface Pro UEFI update (v3.11.1150.0) adds pen support in UEFI menus and improved support for 3rd party onscreen keyboards.
  • Surface Fingerprint Sensor driver update (v2.2.10.6) improves accuracy.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9037.59) improves access point compatibility and throughput on 5GHz.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update 4331 (v20.19.15.4331) improves color calibration and system stability.
  • Display Audio driver update (v6.16.00.3189) supports compatibility with the updated HD Graphics Family driver.
  • Surface Cover Audio driver update (v2.0.1220.0) improves system stability.
  • Microsoft Surface ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery driver update (v1.2.0.2) ensures correct surface driver is installed.

We’re happy to see that Microsoft remains committed to supporting older generation Surface devices, considering the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 have been out for several months now. Owners of those particular devices are waiting patiently for firmware updates to address battery drain, and other annoying issues and hopefully, we’ll see another set of firmware updates released soon.

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