Microsoft pushes out another undocumented Surface Firmware update

Microsoft just rolled out another firmware update for the Surface Pro (2017) over the weekend. The update is undocumented at this time so we can’t tell you precisely what it does. It does update the “Intel(r) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Generic Participant” so one might hazard a guess that it is related to power-management and temperature control.

For users who want to snag it, you can grab it from Settings > Windows Update if it hasn’t automatically installed already.

That being said, Microsoft really should start documenting its firmware updates so users can get a sense for what they are installing, prior to installing it, and to make troubleshooting easy if anything goes wrong.

Earlier this month, the firm did push out a firmware update to the Surface Pro 4 that crippled the Windows Hello functionality, prior to that, the firm also severely hampered Surface Pro 3s for months with horrendous battery issues caused once again by firmware updates. As the Surface is a premium brand, users need to be able to trust that updates coming down the pipeline won’t break or cripple their computer. With the Surface line currently being under fire for reliability issues after Consumer Reports survey results last week perhaps the firm should work towards being transparent about exactly what it is putting in these updates.

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