It's no secret that Microsoft has long been working on the second generation of the foldable Surface Duo smartphone. It should go on sale this fall. Until now, there was no detailed information about the device. We could only guess the new product's specs, and what features it will get.
Several days ago, Intel released its first GPU driver with the official support for Windows 11. If you are running Windows 11 preview on a PC with a CPU+GPU from Intel, you can install an optimized GPU driver for a better experience. Now a similar update is available for GPUs from NVIDIA. You can download Game-Ready WHQL Driver 471.41 from the official website or GeForce Experience.
It is safe to say that Windows 11 is still far from public release. According to Microsoft, the latest operating system will be out later this year. Although you can only download a preview version of Windows 11, Intel has already prepared a GPU driver with the official Windows 11 support. Intel DCH Graphics driver version 184.108.40.20684 is now available for users with supported hardware.
After pushing June 2021 firmware update to several Surface computers, Microsoft finishes the current month with a new set of bug fixes and improvements for Surface Duo, the only Surface device with Android, not Windows.
Hours before the Windows 11 unveil, Microsoft released a fresh firmware update for several Surface Pro tablets. If you use Surface Pro 5, Pro 6, Pro 7, or a recently released Surface Pro 7 Plus, new patches are waiting for you in Windows Update.
Microsoft recently announced its plan to start force-updating users with Windows 10 2004, which is now approaching the end of support, to the latest version, 21H1. Upgrading the operating system might cause some headache if developers have not prepared their drivers. Luckily, NVIDIA now offers Game Ready drivers with official Windows 10 21H1 support.
Several days ago, NVIDIA announced its plans to cease supporting Kepler-based GPUs (the GTX 700 series) and old Windows versions, namely Windows 7 and 8. Now Advanced Micro Devices follow suit. But unlike NVIDIA, which is to drop updates for Windows 7 and 8 in October 2021, AMD has already released a driver that only works on Windows 10. Beginning with Radeon Software 21.6.1, AMD's GPU drivers no longer support Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.
After a relatively long pause in releasing firmware updates for Surface computers, Microsoft is back with a host of new patches for several models. The company kicks in June 2021 firmware update roundup with Surface Book 3, Surface Laptop 2 and 3, and Surface Pro X. The latter includes models with the SQ1 and SQ2 processors, as Microsoft recently unified updates for two ARM-based computers.
NVIDIA notified its users about the upcoming end of support of the Kepler-based graphics cards, the GTX 600 and 700 series. On August 31, 2021, NVIDIA will stop supporting those cards and no longer provide any driver updates. The only exception is NVIDIA GTX 750 and 750 Ti cards based on a newer Maxwell architecture. Besides ending support for the GTX 600 and 700 graphics cards series, NVIDIA plans to drop support for Windows 7 and 8/8.1.
May 2021 firmware update is now available for US and European versions of Surface Duo - the only device in the Microsoft Surface family running Android, not Windows 10. The latest update brings regular Android monthly security fixes and general device/UI stability improvements. In addition to that, Microsoft has several specific bug fixes listed in the changelog. Here what is new in May 2021 firmware update for Surface Duo.