Another week has come and gone. As you might expect, with the anticipated Surface Pro 4 announcement happening this Tuesday (October 6th) a lot of the mainstream tech news has been firmly focused on Surface Pro 4 rumors (again or still…).
However, we were able to dig up a couple of news stories from the past week of interest to Surface owners and enthusiasts:
- Polish Company makes Surface Knockoff
- SkyWest gives 7500 pilots Surface 3 tablets
- More Surface Pro 3 Firmware in September
OK, let’s get started…[divider]
Surface News Roundup: Polish Company makes Surface Knockoff
The Edge 1161 is a weird mix as it looks like the lovechild of the original Surface RT and a Surface Pro 3 offers a Intel Core M power processor and 64GB of internal storage. It does, however, run full-blown Windows 10 and offers USB 3.0 (full sized & mini) and Micro HDMI ports.
For around 1,949,00 zł ($514 USD) it’s not particularly cheap but it does offer a decent kickstand and detachable keyboard cover. The prince does currently include the keyboard cover for the preorders but, only until Tuesday. After that, it’s unclear whether or not if will be included in the price.
Surface News Roundup: SkyWest gives 7500 pilots Surface 3 tablets
SkyWest, Inc. is deploying Surface 3 tablets to 7,500 pilots at its ExpressJet Airlines and SkyWest Airlines subsidiaries. In addition, The Surface 3 is pre-qualified to make it easier for airlines to get Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) authorization from the FAA and EASA for the tablets.
So, it looks like the Surface 3 will join its big brother in the cockpits of airlines.
Surface News Roundup: More Surface Pro 3 Firmware in September
In case you missed it, Microsoft released a second firmware update for September last Tuesday (the 29th). This set of firmware, listed as “System Firmware Update – 9/29/2015”, targeted the Surface Pro 3 and included the following updates:
- Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware update (v3.9.650.0) improves booting time experience and enhances the system reliability while docked.
- Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth driver update (v15.68.9030.41) improves the wireless network connectivity and stability.
- Surface Integration driver update (v2.0.1209.0) ensures when using a custom power plan that the selected plan will not revert to the default balanced power plan when installing a Windows Update.
- Microsoft Docking Station Audio Device driver update (v188.8.131.52) improves audio experience when no external speakers are connected to a Surface Pro 3 Docking Station so that Surface Pro 3 internal speakers are used.
- Management Engine Interface driver update (v184.108.40.2067) improves the system stability.
And that’s it for now. You can expect a flurry of activity this week once the SP4 gets announced on Tuesday. Remember, you can watch the event live online at 10:00 AM (EDT) Tuesday here: Windows 10 Devices Event. If you don’t feel like watching it yourself, I’ll be doing a live session on the Love My Surface Forum during the webcast so you can join me there starting at 10:00 AM (EDT) Tuesday to share thoughts about the announcement.
Tim Rolston is a professional geek with over 23 years of experience working in Information Technology and dealing with everything from large-scale storage to remote systems management and automation for organizations such as Texas Instruments, Mobil Oil, and the University of Michigan (where he was an Academic IT Director).
He co-founded JTRTech along with Joanna to realize his long-time dream of working for himself.