On Monday, Microsoft announced a new, unnamed update for its Surface 3 tablet which adds "mass deployment" for enterprises.
Surface 3 seemed to be the consumer option from Microsoft while the Surface Pro 3 targeted enterprises, but Microsoft just bridged a major gap between the devices. "Surface 3 is now available. As a device running Windows 8.1 Pro, it already offers business-ready features that support easy IT integration, domain join, and enterprise-class security - all in our most portable package. And now, for customers intending to do mass deployments into larger organizations, we're pleased to announce a driver update intended to put you ahead of the game," explained Microsoft's J.C. Hornbeck in a blog post. "The update - which is available now -- improves the mass deployment process, broadens the range of enterprise-level features, and helps bring the Surface 3 deployment experience in line with its more business-oriented sibling, Surface Pro 3." This release is not generally available via Windows Update, but can be found in the download center as an msi or zip file.
In other news Microsoft has warned users not to download Windows 10 Preview onto the new Surface 3 tablets. Users with Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs can try out Windows 10 via the Windows Insider program - and 3.7 million people have taken Microsoft up on this offer - but Surface 3 users will have to be patient. "Please do NOT try to install Windows 10 on the new Surface 3," warned a Microsoft support person on the Surface forum. "There are no drivers in the Preview Build because Intel has not yet provided drivers. There are no drivers for the Intel x5/x7 Atom processors." This warning does not apply to the high-end Surface Pro 3.
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