Microsoft Adds Wake on Voice Capabilities to Surface Studio

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface, Windows 10 with 10 Comments

Microsoft Adds Wake on Voice Capabilities to Surface Studio

Microsoft issued a single driver update for Surface Studio last night. And while that may not seem all that exciting, it adds “Wake on Voice” capabilities to the PC workstation.

That’s right. You can now say “Hey, Cortana” to wake your Surface Studio.

There is one caveat, and I think we’re going to see a lot of this with Surface updates going forward: This driver update, and thus this new capability, are only available on Windows 10 version 1703. That is, you need to have installed the Creators Update first. (Microsoft’s latest Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 updates also only apply to the Creators Update.)

According to the Surface Update History website, what you’re looking for is the following:

Realtek Semiconductor Corp. driver update for Realtek High Definition Audio(SST). Realtek High Definition Audio(SST) in Sound, video, and GC enables Wake On Voice from Modern Standby.

This is the first driver update Microsoft has released for Surface Studio since January.

Also, if you’re a Surface Pro 3 user, Microsoft has issued a single update for that device as well. Dubbed Surface – Firmware –, this one improves system stability and performance when you change between power states, and does not rely on you first having the Creators Update.


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Comments (10)

10 responses to “Microsoft Adds Wake on Voice Capabilities to Surface Studio”

  1. jwpear

    Wake on Voice is interesting.  Is this to support an Alexa like experience or just for those that don't want to shake the mouse, tap a key, etc. to wake?  It seems like it would a step toward offering an Alexa experience without having the machine on all the time.

    I'm curious if they're able to achieve instant wake.  My experience with my office SP4 and personal SP3 is that is it doesn't wake instantly.  It takes 5-10 seconds.  That would be frustrating for any sort of Cortana interaction.  Perhaps the Surface Studio is optimized to wake more quickly.

    • Nick Vlittas

      In reply to jwpear: I am sort of in agreement..Oddly enough I use "ok Google" more than I thought I would on my Pixel XL so I can see the convenience in being able to set a timer, make a to-do item etc. Really like where this is going but your right implementation will be key if it's actually ready. On a side note makes me sad because Windows Phone with it's seemless integration with Cortana and my Surface P4 would have been a joy to use..... MS is again missing so much with this failure

  2. CaedenV

    ... how do I retrofit this kind of tech to my 5 year old desktop... this needs to happen!

    If this requires a newer motherboard it would go a long way towards getting me to upgrade

  3. matsan

    They removed Wake On LAN support from power off in Windows 10 but now add Wake On Voice... Sigh....

    • lvthunder

      In reply to matsan:

      I thought Wake on lan was a bios thing and not an OS thing since Windows isn't running while your computer is off.

      • matsan

        In reply to lvthunder:

        Sadly not, it seems to be a combination of OS and BIOS. See,-windows-8.1-and-windows-10

        So, our users need to remember to put their workstations into sleep (and not shut down) to enable WOL. After forgetting this once or twice, they simply leave them on...

      • matsan

        In reply to lvthunder:

        And, some of our computers are not able to wake up from hibernation but others are.

  4. YouWereWarned

    As someone who has a sticker over my webcam, this "always-on" microphone is concerning. Until we have a full accounting of the datastreams back to the mothership ALL OF THE TIME, I won't play. We just this month got formal confirmation of the gigantic list of "diagnostic" transmissions -- what about transmissions outside of failure diagnosis? The opaque examples of this in the EULAs is not informative, by design.

  5. Michael

    I was waiting to install the creators update so will see how this works on the studio in a couple of weeks.