updated 05:37 am EST, Wed February 13, 2013
Surface RT gets new performance patch
Microsoft is pushing a new round of updates for the Surface RT, this time to fix a Wi-Fi issue along with additional stability and performance enhancements. It is the latest in what have become monthly performance and stability updates Microsoft has issued for the Surface RT since its launch nearly four months ago. In our quick hands-on with the update, it has fixed our issue with Wi-Fi showing 'Limited' connectivity and seems to have also delivered a decent performance boost.
According to Microsoft, the firmware should also improve overall Wi-Fi reliability. In addition, the performance boosts have been delivered through non-specific driver updates, as well as a specific driver solution for lagging volume and power button issue experienced by some users. Microsoft has a page dedicated to showing users how to update the Surface RT here.
However, in our experience, it is not sufficient to force an update check directly from the Modern UI interface. Our Surface RT was recently replaced (courtesy of great Microsoft customer service support) after a cosmetic issue that caused blotches to appear on the Surface RT Windows logo became apparent. When we had it returned, forcing an update from the Modern UI startscreen did not result in the Office update from Preview to the final version. This was only achieved by running Windows Update from the desktop UI.