The Surface Pro 4 has been a huge seller for Microsoft since it was released last November. However, the release has been plagued by bugs. As a matter of fact, Microsoft acknowledged the bugs with the Pro 4 (and Surface Book) in a message from the Windows Blog.
“Building devices people love is what drives our team. It’s why we come in to work every morning and it’s what keeps us up at night. And feedback from our customers is really important to the team and to me personally. I read the blogs, I read the comments, I read social media, I read the forums…and so does the team.”
The main problems with the Surface Pro 4 have been users unable to put the computer in “Sleep” mode without heavy battery leakage, poor video drivers, and an erratic trackpad. A February update fixed most of the problems, but some bugs still persisted. However, according to InfoWorld, Microsoft recently released a massive update that has fixed almost all of the problems.
“But there’s good news. It sounds like the massive driver update on April 19 fixed most, if not all, of the problems. The level of ‘I’m going to return this piece of scrap’ complaints has gone to zero. The forums that usually buzz with Surface outrage have subsided. There are still complaints about the ‘sleep of death,’ but the decibel level is at its lowest of the past six months.”
The article adds that Microsoft was finally able to get its drivers working with the Skylake processor and various Intel components. It actually took nine versions of drivers and firmware, but the latest one seems to have done the trick. However, there are some on Twitter who have complained about Microsoft’s latest update for the Surface Pro 4.
On several different forums, people have said that the battery life has increased slightly, but that it’s still not satisfactory. Rumors that Microsoft is going to update the Surface Pro line within a couple of months have given them hope. Some websites are claiming the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will be available before the release of the updated MacBook Pro, which is believed to be announced in June. Science World Report is one of the sites making the claim.
“Microsoft Surface Pro 5 could be released earlier than previously expected. A news article suggests that Microsoft appears to be in a rush to finish the 2-in-1 detachable device out in the market ahead of Apple’s MacBook Pro 2016 release, which, according to rumors, is in June’s Worldwide Developers Conference.”
The article, which doesn’t tell readers the original news source, adds that the Surface Pro 5 will come with the Windows 10 Redstone update. It also “lists” other updates the new Surface Pro 5 will have. No doubt, some of those “updates” were taken from a recent article on the Inquisitr, which listed predictions, but never indicated they were facts.
You can bet that when Surface Pro 5 is released, there will be a major increase in battery life. After all, the battery life issue seems to be the only thing that is turning potential buyers away from the Pro 4. Microsoft still hasn’t created the ultimate laptop/tablet hybrid, but they are coming very close to doing so.
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