Microsoft this week halted a Windows 8.1 RT update when a glitch in the software caused a wide range of problems for some Surface RT customers. Some users' tablets froze or "bricked" while other users saw the dreaded "blue screen of death."
The problem comes just as Microsoft seems to be gaining some market traction with its Surface tablets, which have been slow to take off since they became available one year ago.
The problem surfaced late last week and Microsoft confirmed the problem on Monday. On Tuesday Microsoft said it had fixed the problem, which the company said affected only "a very small number" of Surface RT devices.