Surface Pro 3 firmware updates released

Microsoft tablet gets software more tweaks ahead of UK launch

With just over a month to go until the Surface Pro 3 goes on general release in the UK, Microsoft has treated the tablet-laptop hybrid to another round of firmware updates.

In an update advisory notice, the software giant confirmed another comprehensive system firmware update has been lined up for the Surface Pro 3.

This follows on updates last month, which sought to address system stability, connectivity and compatibility issues.

This time around, six firmware updates will be forthcoming for the device. These aim to reduce power consumption, enhance system stability, improve Wi-Fi connectivity, increase battery life and bolster its efficiency when used in low power states.

The updates will also improve the reliability of the Surface's Type Cover trackpad, which has proven a regular sticking point in some of the device's early reviews, and ensure the on-screen keyboard appears as and when needed.

Microsoft has also advised that a further update for the Surface Pro 3 will be forthcoming on 16 July to improve the tablet's Wi-Fi connectivity further.

People already in possession of the device, as it has already gone on sale in the US, will receive the firmware patches automatically via Windows Update in stages.

"When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers," the advisory notice states.

"As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices."

For those unwilling to wait, it is also possible to manually install them using the "Check Now" for updates option within the Surface's settings menu.

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