As we await the expected security related fixes on this last Patch Tuesday of 2013 we are also learning what type of firmware updates will be available this month for Microsoft’s Surface line of devices.

It is fairly routine for Microsoft to release firmware updates for the Surface line on Patch Tuesday.

Here is the run down:

Surface RT (Windows RT 8.0 or 8.1)

  • Surface Home Button Driver update to optimize available system memory.
  • Surface Type Cover audio device driver update to enhance trackpad sounds for Type Cover 2.

Surface 2 (Windows RT 8.1)

  • Screen dimming during CPU intensive operations resolved.
  • Decreased charge time for batteries.
  • Two-finger trackpad use optimized.
  • Update to support additional external displays.
  • Skype video quality improved.
  • Resolved delay during restart when Bluetooth devices are connected.

Surface Pro (Windows 8.1)

  • Wi-Fi driver (v14.69.24047.156) update for improved wireless display experience.

Surface Pro 2 (Windows 8.1)

  • Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games.
  • Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points.
  • Improved Surface Cover interaction including power-saving sleep functionality.
  • Color fidelity improvements for all applications.
  • Optimized two-finger trackpad use.
  • Enhanced audio experience when connected to a Display Port 1.2 device.

The Surface Pro running Windows 8.0 has no updates this cycle.

All of these firmware related updates are accessible via Windows Update.

Source: All About Microsoft – Mary Jo Foley – ZDNet