Archive for the ‘Surface’ Category
If you own a Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book you probably ran into an issue while using your external monitor on the Surface Docking Station 4. There are quite a lot of forum threads about issues where the screen of the external monitor remains black when the Surface comes back from sleep. This situation could happen i.e. if your monitor is not 100% compatible with the Surface Docking Station. Microsoft has published a blog post which hints that.
But first of all you should:
- Install the lastest drivers & firmware for the Surface Device
- Install the latest driver for your monitor
- Use an active monitor adapter
Another common topic when it comes to Windows 10 and external monitors is the scaling. Check this link for an interesting read.
The new Surface Firmware released on last Tuesday is now available as a download package. The download includes firmware and drivers and a prepacked MSI file for your Enterprise deployment.
A few months ago Microsoft published an app to configure the Surface Pen. The app formally known as Surface Hub but renamed to Surface App helps to set the action when pressing the button on the pen, but can also configure the sensitivity and disable/enable the Windows hardware button. A very handy app which was only available in the Microsoft Store so far. No issue for everyone who owns a Microsoft account and can install apps from the Store, but what about Enterprise users who get their software installed via SCCM or other deployment solutions? Microsoft fixed this and published the app on the website as a standard download. You can download the .appx and other files and integrate them into your standard deployment process. There is also a TechNet article which describes how to install it.
Back in March Microsoft has published a new UEFI version (3.11.760.0) for the Surface Pro 3 device. The latest update to the firmware and drivers includes some great remote management features to control the devices hardware. i.e. you can control if a user has access to the camera, Bluetooth stack, microSD reader and more. To configure this on a per devices basis would be challenging so they implemented a remote management feature as well. Just yesterday Microsoft published the tools to manage the UEFI. These are based on PowerShell.
If you want to learn more about the tools please check this TechNet article.
Surface Pro 3 UEFI Firmware v3.11.760.0:
Tool: UEFI configuration settings to be managed remotely
• http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/D/5/9D5FE91C-A294-45AF-98D3-016C36213962/Surface Firmware Tool.msi
A great device! Looking forward to it.
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Today Microsoft announced the Surface 2 AT&T 4G LTE version that will be available for $679 USD soon. To get more information on this, please visit the Microsoft Surface blog.
Learn more about the Surface 2 here: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/products/surface-2
The Surface system firmware has been updated on 11/03/2014. The new version comes with great enhancements which you can find in the list below.
The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 3/11/2014” when you view your update history.
- Surface Pro UEFI (v2.04.0450) improves experience when using BitLocker so that a Surface Cover can provide PIN input.
- Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.262.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
- Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.262.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad.
- Surface Power Cover Firmware Update Device (v2.0.268.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover.
- Surface Cover Telemetry (v22.214.171.124) improves stability and experience for Surface Covers.
- Marvell AVASTAR 350N Wireless Network Controller (v14.69.24052.168) resolves wireless network connectivity issues.
- Marvell AVASTAR Wireless Composite Device (v14.69.24052.168) improves Miracast support.
- Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth ®Radio Adapter (v14.69.24052.168) updated as part of a driver package that includes the Marvell Wireless Network Controller and Marvell Wireless Composite Device. There are no Bluetooth updates in this version of the driver.
- Intel(R) Display Audio (v6.16.00.3135) improves Miracast support.
- Intel(R) HD Graphics Family (v10.18.10.3431) improves Miracast support and enables daisy chaining of monitors using DisplayPort 1.2.
- Intel WiDi Audio Device (v126.96.36.199) improves Miracast support.
If you live in the US and you own a Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 you might be interested in the Surface Power Cover which can be pre-ordered at the Microsoft Online Store. (see Link). With the Power Cover you can increase your battery life by up to 70%.
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When I started at Microsoft a month ago I received a Surface RT and a Surface Pro. The Surface Pro is a fully Business enabled device which can be integrated in the Active Directory and which can run all Windows Desktop apps. The Surface Pro is pretty fast as it contains a Intel Core processor but when I received the new Surface Pro 2 last week based on the Haswell processor I couldn’t stop smiling. The devices is even faster and a complete boot takes only a few seconds. I’ve recorded a quick Video. If you’re interested just click the link.