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Microsoft pushes out new updates for Surface RT, Surface Pro

Surface RT system update

It’s “Patch Tuesday”, the traditional day where Microsoft tends to push out some major OS fixes and updates and while it used to be a big Windows day, it’s increasingly more important for Surface owners. That’s because the Surface, a work in progress, is constantly getting tweaked for performance and usability. Today is no different.

Both the Surface RT and Surface Pro have numerous updates queued up for installing, including a few for Office 2013. The bigger deal though is the included firmware, which once again will hopefully fix a few lingering issues some of you may still be having.

Here’s the Surface RT Changelog for April:

The April cumulative update includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements including:

  • Certain “Limited” connectivity issues resolved
  • Improves Wi-Fi to handle a wide range of access points.
  • Resolves system crashes caused by certain Wi-Fi issues.

Likewise, the Surface Pro too has a similar series of updates:

The April cumulative update for Surface includes firmware and driver updates including:

  • Resolves an issue with on screen touch navigation in the UEFI boot menu.
  • Resolves some Surface Type and Touch cover connectivity issues.
  • Support for 106/109 keyboards on North American Surface devices.
  • Resolves an issue where toggling airplane mode would disable the Wi-Fi driver.

Not too shabby. The update on a Surface RT can take around 10 minutes or so, depending on how many of the patches your device qualifies for. To check, simply swipe from the right, Settings > Change PC Settings > Windows Update (bottom).



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Thanks, I appreciate the Surface news.

i agree more surface news/surface page?

EBynum says:

Yes, thanks for the Surface news!

rx74ray says:

Thanks guys, also new mail app update is noticeably faster.

noirsoft says:

Thanks for the heads up on the Mail app improvement! I just tested it on mine and it is (IMO) major! With that and the addition of the "unread only" view, I don't feel any desire to go to the web interface on my full PC any more.

runciter says:

I agree! Especially RT news.

John20212 says:

Thanks Surface news always welcome.

Raesu says:

Am I the only one who has never experienced WiFi issues with my RT? Lol

simphf says:

I haven't had any WiFi problems on either.

inteller says:

i didn't experience issues with WifI until the patch to fix wifi came out. 

Xsled says:

I experienced issues with RT. I got pro at launch and my wife now has RT. She has not had one issue with RT. I am having lots of WiFi issues on pro, but they didn't start until the first "fix"

Montpbm says:

Nope I haven't either..

gamepop says:

I never did as well

I had issues with WiFi from the day I got it... last month's patches fixed it. Hopefully these don't break the fix.

Ba2Py says:

i had a problem trying to connect to a wifi offered by a iPhone 4S, the phone it was next to me and every  device near saw the net but my RT.
Other than that no issues here

Aaron M says:

You aren't crazy.  I've never had an issue either.

Xsled says:

From what I can tell, it is only happening with my Dual Band G/N router. Does not seem to happen on Lumia 920 hotspot. (although I don't stay connected to the hotspot for long periods of time)

jp_hero says:

No WiFi problems for me here on my Surface RT

pallentx says:

The only issue I see is my Lumia 920 hotspot sometimes wont show up. I have to disable/enable wireless and then its there.

accasey says:

I've also never had any Wi-Fi problems - I have an RT

NIST says:

I'm usually shocked or at least puzzled when I hear about RT issues, as mine has never had an issue or been laggy or anything. Great device. The Pro has been a joy as well, though I wish there was some work on improving battery life. I do like how you can change the gamma setting on the pro to get those deep blacks, something you can't do on the RT. Chipset related I would suspect.

nokialove says:

I've had plenty of issues.

Xsled says:

Today's update didn't fix it either. Just had the limited connectivity issue on Pro. Boo!

GSOgymrat says:

Never experienced a wifi problem.

Is the Limited Network fix available for all devices?

thinn149 says:

I have problems connecting to wpa enterprise hopefully this will fix it

Ordeith says:

Your access point may be the thing that needs to be patched.

aerosmillie says:

Been playing Gravity Guy on my surface all day after it became free this morning. Definitely need to get a 64gb micro SD asap!

Doesn't the Surface support SDXC, if so, couldn't you go higher?

John20212 says:

There are no microSD card bigger than 64GB at the moment.

jdowsett says:

Are you allowed to install apps to the SD card?  Or just music and video?

my Surface Pro keep with problems on IE. Lots of websites just don't open! WP Central is one of these, I need to see it on Chrome.

Aaron M says:

Really? Pretty sure I've read WPCentral on my W8 computers, which all run IE10.

xirsteon says:

Did u set the Tracking Protection in IE? You can find the option in Desktop IE..Options--> Safety --> Tracking Protection ....get a ad block list ....a good one will be the Fanboy one. For best results, use only one ad block as I have found that using more than makes some sites lock up. YMMV Gl.

Ordeith says:

Did you let Google install their toolbar when you installed chrome? That sometimes messes with IE.

No, I didn't, thanks!

Thanks everybody! Lots of websites says that need do show in compatiblity mode, wpcentral is one of these. Does anyone knows how to fix that?

Nice! Surface RT here!

Neo Nuke says:

Hopefully I never see limited connection yellow exclamation ever again.

mondokjm says:

Haha same here, its a pretty aggravating experience, although I love my surface no less because of it.

jlynnm350z says:

Microsoft never pushes anything out for Windows Phone 8. Every week.

bforster says:

After the update/firmware on the Surface Pro the Wifi didnt improve but got worse. I was getting around 3 to 4 bars signal  and now i'm getting 1 to 2 bars at work. it's sitting in the same spot I always use it.

msualum says:

That's not good. I had no issues - but decided to install the updates. Its going now! STOP THE PRESSES!

msualum says:

Damn! Didn't stop it in time. Updated - now the WiFi doesn't f****ng work!! Come on MSft...

bforster says:

It's not working at all? Dang that sucks! did you try rebooting 5 times? hehe

msualum says:

Good old system restore - I'll catch these updates on the next go around...

msft0682 says:

I have an older Dell Inspiron 15R running Windows 8 and have experienced the issue where enabling airplane mode disables the Wi-Fi driver. Hopefully this fix (or an equivilent) applies to all systems.

corey_931 says:

Still hope Surface will be released in Germany next time. Hurry Microsoft, I'm hungry!

Zutopia says:

I used to have WiFi issues on my RT, however, it was resolved on a fix previous to this current release. This release seems to imply they weren't quite finished and are still experiencing issues.

tylo5 says:

Any idea if this improved speed? My Surface RT is slow as lava.

cdb033 says:

I'll be updating as soon as I get home!

Shane Mayer says:

I wish the Surface would work with Windows Home Server 2011. So that it would backup to my home server. I guess because it uses a secure boot partition it doesn't work. Hopefully that feature is added to an update in the near future.

ninjaap says:

Are these updates only for Surface devices? What about x86 atom devices, are they getting regular updates?

Cleavitt76 says:

They would get the standard Windows 8 updates, but for device specific updates (drivers/firmware) you would have to look to the manufacturer. Some might publish their driver updates to Windows Update, but many have their own update software or they just make you manually download from their website.

dwigfor says:

Still no pen pressure in Photoshop/Zbrush?  Creatives won't consider Surface Pro until that is resolved.

eallan says:

Not only that, the digitizer is totally worthless around the edges.

useme2useyou says:

Just updated... Good stuff thanks!

al.cantara says:

Wuhu! The flash update on my RT this time finally made my fav p site to work. What an awesome day :D

realwarder says:

My power button now works on the first press again.  The last monthly update made it require 2 presses to power on.  Back to one :)
Will be interesting to see if networking issues sorted.  I only had a problem once every few days but it occurred.  And only when my AP was set to AES, never TKIP.

joecatskill says:

It would be nice if the update fixed the previous mail,people,calendar and messaging app bug that killed my exchange e-mail view in the mail app. Oh well here's hoping! ;-)

Big Supes says:

Hurry up and get it released in the UK!

nsg1000 says:

Love surface / RT news.

nsg1000 says:

I wish the surface keyboard (onscreen) had a tiny trackpad area.  That would be good for websites that work better with mouse than touch.

Thanks for the heads up WPC! I know the site is for Windows Phone but you're fast becoming my one stop for all things Windows. Much appreciated.