April showers Surface Book and Surface Pros with updates

— 10:12 AM on April 20, 2016

Microsoft released a range of updates for the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book this morning. The Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book both get new system firmware, camera drivers, audio drivers, and graphics drivers. Unique to the Surface Pro 4 is an embedded controller firmware update that improves thermal tuning. For gamers on the Surface Book, the Nvidia GeForce graphics driver update adds support for some of the latest popular games, too. The Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book should all exhibit improved stability and compatability with external monitors and passive video adapters when they're plugged into the Surface Dock after these updates.

The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book get some serious usability fixes this month. The Surface System Aggregator firmware update will be a blessing to those who found auto-rotate disabled after resuming Windows and detaching a Type Cover from a Surface Pro 4 or moving to Clipboard mode with the Surface Book. Screen flickering in Microsoft Edge and various applications should also be corrected, thanks to the UEFI and graphics driver updates. The updated Intel HD 520 graphics driver resolves a display re-initialization bug after resume from hibernate or sleep. A firmware update for these systems' cameras improves Windows Hello stability.

These updates will be made available from the Windows Update service in batches, so it may take users multiple installations and reboots to receive all of the fixes.

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