Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update Fixes Simplo Battery Issues; New Surface Pro 4 Ad

Microsoft firmware update fixes Surface Pro 3 and Windows 10 SIMPLO battery-drain issue running over the past several months. A new Surface Pro 4 ad pokes fun at Macbook Air.

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A new firmware update for Surface Pro 3 claiming to fix the well over a month battery issue is made available as on August 29, to all those with Simplo batteries.

Microsoft has confirmed that today's update fixed the Simplo battery drain issue experienced by a number of Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10.

Surface Pro 3s that have not been affected by the issue also won't experience the battery problem, the FAQ said.

The companny has just posted in its Forums "Thanks for your continued patience here. We have now completed our testing of the update and it has passed our quality assurance process." Adding, "The update, "System Firmware Update - 8/29/2016", is now available to install from Windows Update," the company said.

Microsoft attributed the cause "an error condition occurs that causes the full charge capacity of the battery to be misreported to the operating system and device firmware."

As noted in the Surface Pro 3 FAQ, "when this condition occurs, the system no longer charges the battery to its full actual capacity, and the Surface is unable to function on battery power." Once the fix is applied, "the reported full charge capacity will self-correct over the next several charge and discharge cycles," officials said.

To update your Surface Pro 3, ensure that your Surface Pro 3 is plugged directly in to AC power, disconnect any USB or external devices, and check that Windows shows at least a 40% charge.

Then go to Windows Updates and check for updates, and you should be offered "System Firmware Update – 8/29/2016."

Install the update, reboot (you'll see a black screen with the Surface logo, and a message that the firmware is being applied – this may take a few minutes, just wait).

Once the update is applied, manually restart your Surface a second time to complete the process.

Please see this Surface Pro 3 Battery FAQ article, or the chagelog for the update under:

Surface Pro 3 Simplo Battery Firmware Udate changelog

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update Notification

Aside, earlier in the day a tweet fueled speculations of upcoming Surface device. The tweet accompaying photos of a Surface device from Microsoft's Instagram account claimed it as Surface Book 2.

However, it turned out be an image (attached under via) of an earlier Surface Book promo and [not from an internal Microsoft "sizzler reel"] as the original source had speculated.

Upcoming Surface devices also surfaced at Building 88, and the fact is that the company is working on improving the unusual and elaborate 'fulcrum hinge' of the Surface Book, to remove the gap created when the device is folded shut.

The new design is said to allow the display to fold flat with the keyboard section, like a conventional notebook.

Additionally, the company is also expected to launch the alleged Surface Phone and possibly three iterations of the Surface All-in-One desktop PCs.

Surface Book promo - speculated as Surface Book 2

In other Surface news, after taking some potshots at iPad Pro, it seems the Redmond company is still not done with its arc rival Apple, as it has now released another Surface Pro 4 ad, comparing this time against the Macbook Air.

The ad highly emphasizes the points where the Macbook Air falls short, but where its own tablet excels, like a detachable keyboard, a touchscreen, and a pen to use to write on the screen.

The ad even takes time to create some cute, Seussian rhymes, saying that "This Mac doesn't have any of that, it's less useful, like a hat for your cat."

Microsoft goes on to say that the Macbook Air is "slower, heavier, and a bit square," compared to the Surface Pro 4, which it claims is "lighter than air." It concludes the ad, saying that "Surface does more, just like you."

Update 08/31: Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 gets a new firmware driver update on August 30, 2016.

The changelog reveals that the latest update package actually includes one more driver update than previously indicated.

Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 firmware Update August 2016

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