Weekly Surface News Roundup – 20 December 2015


Wow, another week gone already? OK, well, you know what that means, more Surface related news for your information and entertainment.

This week was a little light on Surface news (at least for news that we hadn’t already reported) but, here is a trio of stories for your consumption:

  • Minor Firmware Updates Might Fix Keyboard Issues
  • Surface 3 on Sale
  • Surface Book in China

OK, let’s get started with the firmware update…[divider]

Weekly Surface News Roundup - Updates

Weekly Surface News Roundup: Minor Firmware Updates Might Fix Keyboard Issues

If you have a Surface Book or Surface Pro 4, you might want to check for new updates. Microsoft released a new update called, “System hardware update: 12/17/15“. This update is to help make their keyboards work better.

Unfortunately, this update is not intended to address the battery drainage problems both devices have been suffering since launch but it may help if you’ve been suffering from weird keyboard issues.

Here’s what the patch descriptions say for each device:

Surface Book

  • Surface Base Firmware Update (v1.1.421.0) improves touchpad and keyboard experience.

Surface Pro 4

  • Surface Pro 4 Firmware Update (v1.1.420.0) enhances stability with Surface Pro 4 Type Cover.

Related: Thurrott, Crazy Engineers [divider]

Surface News Roundup - 5915 Trade-in Program for Surfaces 3

Weekly Surface News Roundup: Surface 3 on Sale

If you’re a last minute shopper, you may want to stop procrastinating now. For a limited time and while supplies last, Microsoft has knocked the price of a new 2GB Surface 3 tablet to just $399 ($100 off). The 4GB version is just $499 (also $100 off).

Both models come with a 1-year subscription for Office 365 Personal included as part of the price.

If you’re looking for an inspired last minute gift, this is it.

Related: The Windows Club, CNet [divider]

Weekly Surface News Roundup Surface Book in China

Weekly Surface News Roundup: Surface Book in China

According to Digitimes, Microsoft has announced that the Surface Book will be available for sale in China on December 24th. The starting price will be CNY11,088 ($1,721 USD) and will go up from there.

So, if you’re in or going to China and you’re a Microsoft fan, this is some good news for you.

That’s it for this week. I’ll be back again next Sunday with more news about Surface tablets.


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