Surface tablet updates take aim at Wi-Fi issues

Microsoft is releasing new firmware and driver updates to its Surface RT and Surface Pro devices as part of April's Patch Tuesday.

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As part of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft is rolling out more firmware updates to its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablet/notebook hybrids today.

April's cumulative update for Surface RT focuses almost entirely on Wi-Fi, according to Microsoft's Surface RT Update History page.

The update:

  • Fixes certain "limited" connectivity issues
  • Improves Wi-Fi to handle a wide range of access points
  • Resolves system crashes caused by certain Wi-Fi issues

The April firmware update is the fifth Surface RT cumulative update the company has made since Microsoft launched the Surface RT in the U.S. and Canada in late October. A number of Surface RT users have been complaining for months that they've had problems connecting to Wi-Fi with their devices. (I, fortunately, have not been among them.) Four of the five firmware updates that Microsoft has made to the Surface RT include Wi-Fi connectivity fixes.

Today's cumulative update for Surface Pro includes other fixes and driver updates. The update:

  • Resolves an issue with on screen touch navigation in the UEFI boot menu
  • Fixes some Surface Type and Touch cover connectivity issues
  • Supports 106/109 keyboards on North American Surface devices
  • Resolves an issue in which toggling airplane mode would disable the Wi-Fi driver

Microsoft made the Surface Pro available in the U.S. and Canada in early February. Today's updates are the second set of firmware patches for the devices.

This story originally posted as "Microsoft to roll out April firmware updates for Surface RT and Pro" on ZDNet.

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