Surface Books get major driver updates

Surface Pro 4 owners should do an update check now

Surface Books get a major device driver update

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft issued a number of driver updates for both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book that ought to make owners very happy because they should improve performance of the two devices.

The updates are all centered around driver support to improve stability and usability, along with improved battery support. So, these are all features that Surface users will definitely want. It's interesting to note that the Surface Pro 4 updates were not back ported to the Surface Pro 3.

+ Also on Network World: Surface Book vs. Surface Pro 4: Picking the best came down to just one thing

Microsoft also reworked the Surface Update History page. The updates are now listed in a table format based around each device rather than in separate lists.

The Surface Book and Pro 4 have almost the same internals, so the driver updates are almost identical with just a few differences.

Here's what's new for the Surface Book:

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Embedded Controller Firmware. v88.1171.256.0 provides adjustments to system thermal tuning and optimizes battery utilization in connected standby and in low-battery scenarios.
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Management Engine​. v11.0.11.1006 improves system stability resuming from sleep or hibernation and increases reliability of touch and pen capabilities.
  • Marvell Semiconductor Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter. v15.68.9040.67 enhances Wi-Fi driver settings to support Gulf region.
  • Marvell Semiconductor Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller. v15.68.9040.67 enhances Wi-Fi driver settings to support Gulf region.
  • Intel Corp. driver update for Intel Precise Touch Device.​ v1.1.0.240 improves touch stability.

The following additional update is available for Surface Book devices that have a Samsung solid state drive (SSD) 

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface NVM Express Controller. v10.0.4.0 improves stability of NVMe Storage.

And here's what's new for the Surface Pro 4:

  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Embedded Controller Firmware. v103.1158.256.0 provides adjustments to system thermal tuning and optimizes battery utilization in connected standby and in low-battery scenarios.
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Management Engine. v11.0.11.1006 improves system stability resuming from sleep or hibernation and increases reliability of touch and pen capabilities.
  • Fingerprint Cards AB driver update for Surface Fingerprint Sensor. v2.2.10.8 increases stability of the fingerprint sensor when the keyboard is resuming from sleep.
  • Marvell Semiconductor Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter. v15.68.9040.67 enhances Wi-Fi driver settings to support Gulf region.
  • Marvell Semiconductor Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller. v15.68.9040.67 enhances Wi-Fi driver settings to support Gulf region.
  • Intel Corp. driver update for Intel Precise Touch Device. v1.1.0.240 improves touch stability.

The following additional update is available for Surface Pro 4 devices that have a Samsung solid state drive (SSD):

Microsoft driver update for Surface NVM Express Controller. v10.0.4.0 improves stability of NVMe Storage.

To comment on this article and other Network World content, visit our Facebook page or our Twitter stream.
Must read: Hidden Cause of Slow Internet and how to fix it
Notice to our Readers
We're now using social media to take your comments and feedback. Learn more about this here.