Microsoft updates Surface Pro 4 drivers with improved Cortana and audio support

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Microsoft has just released the download links for its December 8, 2016, Cumulative Firmware and Driver Update package for Surface Pro 4.

The update brings a bunch of overhauls to the device. These include the installation of 6.0.1.7895 Realtek High Definition Audio (SST) version. 

It is known to enhance overall system stability. Unfortunately, this is it for this particular update. But it does however, adds notable aspects to the Cortana feature.

“Because updates are cumulative, when you install the latest update, you’ll also get all the previous updates if your Surface doesn’t have them already. Only updates that apply to Surface will be downloaded and installed”. Says Microsoft on  the Surface Pro 4 update tracker.

How to get the Firmware Update?

Microsoft’s Windows Update Service carries out the task automatically, for dispatching the latest updates to machines. If not, then you can manually find and install the update package.

You might ask why would I need to download it myself if it is remitted automatically? Well, that is because not Surface owners will receive this new firmware at the same time. Some might have to wait a substantial amount of time for the December 8, 2016 patch to be available automatically.

There is one up side to the manual installation. You can choose either one download package that you need, as opposed to automatically getting both. The ZIP archive (~600MB) or the MSI file (~240MB).

Either way, do not forget to restart your machine. If not asked then do it yourself. It ensures the update takes proper effect.

Not to mention the firmware update is the first that Microsoft has rolled out for the Surface Pro 4 since the end of August. But better late than never, it is good to see them finally coming through. Another note, this release is only targeted at Surface Pro 4 tablets that are powered by Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating systems.

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