Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets firmware update to improve Wi-Fi connectivity on the slate, and more

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets firmware update to improve Wi-Fi connectivity on the slate, and more
A firmware update is rolling out starting today, to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The update, which you should be able to find by going to Settings > Change PC Settings > Update and recovery > Check now > View details > Install, enhances the performance of the tablet, while improving its Wi-Fi connectivity. The update is being sent out in stages, which means that not everyone will be receiving it at the same time. But if you remain patient, it will be on your Surface Pro 3 before you know it.

The update will include the following: Surface Pro UEFI update (v3.10.250.0) improves system experience and enhances overall system stability, including Wi-Fi; Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware update (v38.6.50.0) enhanced support for system performance and user experience, including thermostat icon on boot; Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware update (v3.9.350.0) increases the overall system reliability and compatibility with a Surface cover; Surface Integration driver update (v2.0.1102.0) enhances user experience, including Wi-Fi stability; Surface Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.3055.107) improves Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth reliability and system stability, and significantly enhances the user experience.

Updates for the Surface Pro 3 are cumulative. This means that when you install the latest update to your tablet, it will automatically include all previous updates that you might have missed. Once a firmware update is installed on your Surface Pro 3, it cannot be uninstalled.
source: Microsoft via WPCentral

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Surface Pro 3
  • Display 12.0" 2160 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Core i7
  • Storage 512 GB



1. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I still have wifi issues with mine, which isn't really a big deal but I hope this update fixes it. When you come back from sleep mode, you have to turn the wifi off and the on again to get it to work.

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This is the reason why I'm still not buying one. I'm waiting for the bug fixes that I read and waiting for price dropped too.

2. fiebor

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Best tablet to date. Prove me wrong.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Yeah right shillboy. Have you ever asked yourself, if the CPU fan loses its efficiency, what'll happen? The i7 version is already PLAGUED with thermal issues, best tablet to date? Hahaha funniest joke of the year

5. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Prove him wrong, you attack him while ignoring what he said, Surface is awesome.

6. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

The internet has already proven you (and him) wrong.

7. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

No it hasn't if anything the internet has proven him right.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

its what happens when shill posters have nothing other than 'overheat'. Yes it has issues, but how many out of the bunch are defective. With the internet now, I can point to probably just as many problem articles for the s5, as the surface.

13. drazwy

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Other than 'overheat'?? it's the single reason I won't buy one, despite how bad I want one. Sooo yeah, nothing else really matters.

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

To me the surface Pro 3 is the beginning of the really thin top of the line Microsoft Tablet computers. the Surface Pro 4 with the new Broad well Class Fan less CPU's will be the PC Tablet Microsoft will sell that will sell more than all previous Surface Computer sold before it because it will be slimmer, Faster, have better graphics, and have better battery life and come loaded with windows 9 which make People FORGET Windows 8/ 8.1. now Microsoft needs to sell a good atom CPU tablet selling for under 500 dollars to get more People to buy Microsoft made Windows tablets

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

they are the same os really, 9 will just bring more unification for rt/phone and some UI changes for desktop users, like the start menu, which I hated and really had no amazing wows vs the metro start page. Requires same amount of 'clicks'. I will certainly get 9, been part of the pre-release program since vista, wont stop now. If anything I bet they release it as a update and not new OS.

9. Koatsey

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Written on an iPad whilst lying on my back in my bed listening to my two cubs (sons) playing. It comes back to the comment about the best camera being the one you have with you at the time. 80/20 rule, I can get 80% of what I want done. I tried this on my Surface Pro 3 with screen keyboard and gave up for two main reasons. 1) I could not move the box I'd written to review the text easily, and 2) I could not edit using touch very easily, painful but I'm sure they will sort this in the Surface Pro 5, not 4 and Windows 10, not not 9. The issues is after all down to Windows not being a touch and tablet UI when compared to Android and iOS. It will take this long for the corporate thinking to evolve, for the app software to evolve to touch only, not the woeful touch version released in Outlook and OneNote amongst other and for Intel to build a chip which means Microsoft can make a really thin, light and portable device WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A PHYSICAL KEYBOARD OR PEN. They should have made RT the mobile and Windows 8 desktop only, like OSX and iOS. The fact they still persist is worrying but I hope they do sort it. So I find my Surface Pro 3 laying on the sideboard not being used. :-(. So in a nutshell Intel is almost there with their new chip, Microsoft on the hardware are almost there, the issue is the User Interface of Windows 8.1 and MS Office Suite, it's just not ready for touch and on cream keyboard yet which is a real shame given I love the scree size and kickstand that allows me to position in a way that is far superior to an iPad or any cover or keyboard offering. So for now I'll keep returning to my iPad but really want a RT only touch only set of Apps and OS. Windows 8.1 is a mess, you only have to look at this, plus the screenshots of Windows 9 to see a UI that is partly stuck in the 90's and the other half in the present, look at the screenshots of control panel, it's Windows XP, then compare this with how things look in Metro. So MS you should have preserved with RT and kept this clean of old legacy and UI issues and apps.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Funny I write this on a windows 8.1 11.2 inch tablet. In bed catching up on Game of Thrones. The kiddos have been out for hours. Could not move the box? what box? the keyboard box? the one you can either make fit the screen or float? Because these two are so different? As well, I guess I have great fingers, cause I can do nearly all with touch on the lynx tab and windows office 365. Not to mention I have never seen any serious person at lectures etc, rock a ipad without a physical keyboard for anything more than just simple notes and fill in boxes. If you are gonna type, even on an ipad, the physical keyboard is king. So much so, you can go to any Walmart/bestbuy and see the dozens of them for sale, not to mention the stylus for 'tablets' that are marketed. In the end my 8.1 lynx, with the wedge keyboard/mouse runs circles around the ipad I own, so much that the ipad is now the childrens wifi toy.

15. Koatsey

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

I appreciate the links elitewolverine. When I talk about the box I mean often when completing forms online, websites and using App's the keyboard sometimes arrive when I need it and at other it does not. When it does it often obscures the area I was typing in necessitating that I then scroll. These and many other things simply don't happen on an iPad. I am not an Apple Fanboy, hence buying the Surface Pro 3, but given the lack of sales for MS, even compared with previous Surface's let alone compared with iPad sales I think its in the numbers... Perhaps I like you, by this I mean I typed a 12 page document today using my iPad, Word for iPad and the onscreen keyboard. It was a joy like you described using the Surface Pro 3 onscreen keyboard. I'm sure using Word on the Surface Pro might be good but too many other things are not but I hope these will get sorted with Windows 9 & 10. I promise you I have tried sitting in the cafe and using the SP3 without Keyboard and Mouse but its simply has two many irritating UI issues at the moment. I did a little video using Camtasia Studio of my woes using the SP3 which I will, at some point edit and post. I am not saying SP3 is not cool and getting there but when it comes to the polish of a tablet touch only UI it has some way to go. I want to use my SP3 only in touch, as I do my iPad. Like you I have become quite skilled. Once last question, are you saying that if you took your SP3 to a lecture you would only take notes using the keyboard? If the answers is yes then a MacBook Air is very good, especially the 11inch model for this. If you would use the oncreen keyboard then why not on an iPad also. The kickstand is brilliant so what I want is for the tablet experience and polish, when position pages when the keyboard comes out and so on to match that of iOS. If I go into Control panel of desktop mode, which you have to for lots of admin and other stuff, for it to work easily and without being clumsy with just touch. Currently it is not. Try closing a Window, tapping on the close section takes several attempts. Try editing two words joined together like this, twowords... It is so tricky getting the cursor to go between the o and the w. There are currently lots of examples like this. Remember this is only in Touch Mode, no physical keyboard or mouse. I appreciate we are disagreeing and have different experiences but happy of the views. :-)

14. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Improve? I think you meant FIX (or try to).

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