Surface 3 and Surface 3 LTE get November firmware update with many fixes and improvements

Microsoft delivers November firmware update for Surface 3 and Surface 3 LTE to improve power performance, wireless networking, and to bring much-needed system stability.

Surface 3 unbox

Early on November 10th, Microsoft rolled out two cumulative updates for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Insider Preview as part of Patch Tuesday to address a number of security vulnerabilities. Last week, the company also released a new firmware update for its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book to resolve some key issues with the new devices.

And today, the software maker is also releasing the November firmware update for Surface 3 and Surface 3 LTE devices. The new firmware applies to those devices running Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, and it addresses a number of problems regarding power management, wireless networking, and system stability on both versions of the Surface 3.

According to the logs published at the TechNet, Surface for IT Pros blog, this is what’s new in the November firmware update for Surface 3 and Surface 3 LTE:

Fixes for the Surface 3 on Window 10 include:

  • Low Power Subsystem SPI Controller (v604.10146.2657.947) – Chipset drivers update improves system stability and touchscreen reliability.
  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) – Improves Surface 3 Type Cover experience.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9030.47) – Improves the wireless network connectivity and stability.
  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50811.238.0) – Improves the power performance and system reliability, adds support for Modern Standby in Windows 10, and adds configurable support from the Windows OS for provisioning scenarios.
  • SST Audio Device (v604.10135.7777.2109) – Enhances audio performance and improves the audio experience while playing music and games.
  • Serial IO GPIO Controller (v604.10146.2652.3930)
  • Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework Driver (v604.10146.2651.1559)
  • Serial IO I2C ES Controller (v604.10146.2654.3564)
  • Serial IO UART Controller (v604.10146.2653.391)
  • Sideband Fabric Device (v604.10146.2655.573)
  • Trusted Execution Engine Interface (v2.0.0.1067)

Fixes for the Surface 3 LTE on Windows 10 include:

  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9030.47) – Improves the wireless network connectivity and stability.
  • Geolocation Sensor driver update (v20.23.8244.18) – Improves GPS experience.
  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.270.0) – Enhances the Wi-Fi connectivity reliability while mobile broadband is ON.
  • SST Audio Device (v604.10135.7777.2109) – Enhances audio performance and improves the audio experience while playing music and games.
  • Intel Serial IO GPIO Controller (v604.10146.2652.3930)
  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50811.238.0) – Improves the power performance and system reliability, adds support for Modern Standby in Windows 10, and adds configurable support from the Windows OS for provisioning scenarios.
  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) – Improves Surface 3 Type Cover experience.
  • Intel(R) Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework Driver (v604.10146.2651.1559)
  • Intel(R) Serial IO I2C ES Controller (v604.10146.2654.3564)
  • Intel(R) Sideband Fabric Device (v604.10146.2655.573)
  • Intel(R) Trusted Execution Engine Interface (v2.0.0.1067)
  • Intel(R) Serial IO UART Controller (v604.10146.2653.391)
  • Intel(R) Low Power Subsystem SPI Controller (v604.10146.2657.947) – Chipset drivers update improves system stability and touch screen reliability.

For those on the older Windows 8.1 operating system, the firmware updates for Surface 3 include:

  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50811.238.0) – Improves the power performance and system reliability, and adds configurable support from the Windows OS for provisioning scenarios.
  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) – Improves Surface 3 Type Cover user experience.
  • Intel Serial IO GPIO Controller (v603.9600.2305.3926) – Improves touch screen reliability.

And the Surface 3 LTE:

  • Surface System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) – Improves Surface 3 Type Cover experience.
  • Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9030.193) – Improves the wireless network connectivity and stability.
  • Geolocation Sensor driver update (v20.23.8244.18) – Improves GPS experience.
  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50811.238.0) – Improves the power performance and system reliability, adds support for Modern Standby in Windows 10, and adds configurable support from the Windows OS for provisioning scenarios.
  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.270.0) – Enhances the Wi-Fi connectivity reliability while mobile broadband is ON.

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