Surface Pro 3 Updates Increase Battery Life In Connected Standby

Microsoft started rolling out the latest July update for the new Windows 8.1 tablet Microsoft Surface Pro 3 three days ago, just three weeks after the first firmware update.

The most noticeable thing is improved battery life when the tablet is in Connected Standby mode, that is, when it’s running tasks like syncing and checking for messages whilst being idle.

Other updates from the new firmware targeted increased system stability, trackpad stability, more timely on-screen keyboard appearance, and most importantly for many it has targeted wireless network controllers for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, which can always be tricky.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Not everyone who have installed the latest firmware have had their wireless connectivity bugs sorted out, but Microsoft will roll out a new firmware update on July 16 that address all other known wireless connectivity issues reported to date.

Microsoft have also decided to expedite the release of the Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i3 processor versions of Surface Pro 3, with the new release date now being August 1, changed from the previous release date of August 31. The i3 model will be the cheapest of them at $799, while the powerful i7 version begins at $1,549.

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– Jim Miller

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