Microsoft Updates Surface Pro 3 Device with UEFI Configuration

By CIOReview | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Microsoft has been updating its existing devices on the basis customer feedback. Continuing on the same line, the company has come up with new improvements in drivers and firmware for its Intel-based Surface Pro 3 devices, reports J.C. Hornbeck for All About Microsoft (ZDNet).

With new update version 3.11.760.0, Surface Pro 3 Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) allows to configure UEFI in the device that enables system to boot from alternate devices like USB flash drives and Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE) without the need of pressing volume down button. The customers based on their choice can disable various hardware ports such as side USB port, docking ports, front camera, rear camera, on board audio, microSD card, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Users also can leverage the capabilities of disabling Boot from Network (PXE).

Microsoft includes an interface to manage UEFI configuration settings on devices remotely. In future, the company is planning to launch downloadable tools to handle similar task. Microsoft Surface Pro UEFI focuses on performance improvement of EFI application like third party disk encryption loading. The new updated version enhances the reliability of ESC key functions. It resolves the enablement issue of Device Manager which loads driver while the users attach a cover or plug in a USB device.