Microsoft Surface Pro gets first software update ahead of UK release

Microsoft activates Windows To Go and fixes Wi-Fi issues with first Surface Pro patch.

Surface Pro

Microsoft has rolled out its first software update for the Surface Pro tablet, which will let buyers of the device use Windows To Go.

The feature allows users to configure a USB stick with an image of Windows 8 and use this to run the operating system on a Windows 7 machine, for example.

By enabling this functionality on the Surface Pro, users will potentially be able to run two versions of Windows 8 on their machines.

When the Windows To Go USB is removed, there should be no trace left that a second version of the operating system was ever running on the Surface Pro.

The feature, which made its debut around the time of Windows 8's release in October, has been highly praised by IT Pro's tech review team, who lauded its data security benefits.

At the moment, there is no firm UK release date for the Surface Pro, although Microsoft did recently announce that it will be coming to these shores within "months."

The software giant's radio silence over the UK release of the Surface Pro has reportedly been a regular source of frustration for IT directors, with industry watchers claiming many have held off buying other brands of Windows 8 tablets until firm details about when it will drop has been announced.

However, it remains to be seen if the functionality included in this update will be available to UK Surface Pro buyers at launch, or if they will need to update their devices post-purchase to make use of it.

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