Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 updates enhance battery life and stability

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Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 updates enhance battery life and stability
While Microsoft’s Surface 3 is now on shelves, Microsoft isn’t forgetting about those who stuck with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets.

The company released an update with the most welcome improvement coming in the form of battery life. The update enhances overall system stability, provides enhanced support for external displays, and gives users more reason to use the Surface Power Cover. This accessory improves battery life and performance, while its own charging behaviour has been enhanced.

Meanwhile, the Surface 2 got some unique improvements, including enhanced system stability with microSD products, improved compatibility with Power Cover, and increased reliability of sleep state transitions.

To install the updates, simply swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap or click settings. Then tap Change PC settings, then tap or click Update and recovery before giving Check Now a tap.

Here are the changes that the update brings to the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2:

  • Surface 2 UEFI (v4.21.500.0) update enhances overall system stability, including boot and reboot scenarios, compatibility with Surface Power Cover, and increased battery life when Surface 2 is not in use.
  • System Aggregator Firmware (v1.0.50500.0) update enhances the charging behavior of the Power Cover.
  • Surface Power Cover Firmware Update (v2.0.595.0) update improves battery life when using the Power Cover with Surface 2.
  • Surface Platform Power Driver (v2.0.557.0) update improves battery life when used with the Surface Power Cover.
  • Audio Driver Set (v 9.17.13.2819) and Display Driver Set (v 9.17.13.2818). This update provides enhanced support for external displays, improves the Miracast experience, and enhances the overall system stability while reducing power consumption in many scenarios.
  • Surface Accessory Device (v2.0.583.0) update enhances the experience when using a Surface Cover.
  • Wireless Network Controller (v14.62.28061.10179) and Bluetooth (v14.62.28061.10179) update simplifies and improves tethering for Surface 2 4G LTE.

Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 2 sees the following effects:

  • Surface ProUEFI (v2.4.950.0) and Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v24.1.50.0) updates enhance system stability with microSD products, improves compatibility with Power Cover, and increases the reliability of sleep state transitions. Surface Pro UEFI update also provides support for PXE boot with the new Surface Ethernet Adapter.
  • Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.4.350.0) update improves sleep state transitions when a Surface Cover is attached.
  • Surface Accessory Device (v2.0.287.0) update improves sleep state transitions when a Surface Cover is attached.
  • Surface Power Cover Firmware Update (v2.0.288.0) improves reliability when the Power Cover is attached to Surface and folded behind Surface.
  • HD Graphics Family (v10.18.10.3496) update improves Miracast wireless display experience and enhances display stability.


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