Surface 3 Firmware Update Improves Touchpad and Power Driver

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft is all about updates these days. After delivering new Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile builds, and a new firmware update for latest Lumia devices, the company now prepared a firmware update for its Surface 3 line.

Surface 3 Firmware Update Features

The latest firmware update for Surface 3 devices will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 2/4/2016,” and here’s the complete changelog of the update:

  • Surface UEFI update (v1.51116.78.0) recalibrates touch panel.
  • Surface Touch Controller Firmware update (v4.251.60.0) recalibrates touch panel.
  • Surface Platform Power Driver update (v2.1.36.1) improves charging.

As you can see from the changelog, the update mainly focuses on updating touchpad and power drivers, and it doesn’t bring any notable features to Windows 10-powered Surface 3 devices.

To make sure you received the update (as well as general Windows updates), head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and check for updates. This update is being rolled out gradually, so it may take some time until it arrives on your Surface 3 device.

Surface 3 is currently on discount in the US, so if you consider buying one, you can purchase it from Microsoft Store for $100 less. As always, the new Surface 3 comes with one-year Office 365 subscription, and Microsoft will give you another $30 discount, if you decide to purchase the Surface 3 with the Docking station, by the end of February.

It is good to see that Microsoft still provides updates for its older devices, since Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are out for quite some time. But Surface 3 is still a very popular device, so the fact that Microsoft still cares about it is not surprising.

In case you encounter some issues on your Surface 3 devices after installing the latest firmware update, just let us know in the comments, and we’ll try to help you with the solution.

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