Today, Microsoft rolled out firmware updates for Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Rich, why would a firmware update be a major update?”
I’m glad you asked.
There’s a problem that I’ve been dealing with for months. After installing Windows 10 on the Surface Pro 3, the display driver seems to crash whenever it feels like it. I’ve had the issue on Windows 8.1 when opening Photoshop or something of the like, but on Windows 10, it just happens whenever it feels like it.
Microsoft addressed the issue for Surface Pro 4 and sent out a fix on December 2, 2015. It seemed odd that they were seemingly ignoring Surface Pro 3 (and apparently Surface 3) despite a long thread in Microsoft’s Answer Desk forum.
There’s no actual word on what’s in the firmware updates. Microsoft’s Surface update history page still lists the Surface 3 as having its last firmware update on September 29, 2015 and the Surface Pro 3 as having its last firmware update on October 26, 2015.
Despite not knowing what’s in the actual firmware update, there’s another update that you’ll see in your Windows Update, which is the Intel HD Graphics driver.
Of course, we don’t know specifically what the new driver does. The page for that says “Coming Soon”. I think, however, that it’s safe to assume that it fixes the main problem with the previous driver.