Microsoft ends mainstream support for Surface 2/Pro 2 on April 10, 2018

You may have just bought that new Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablet earlier this week, but the clock is already ticking to the day that Microsoft's official support for their newest hardware devices will end. 

According to Microsoft's Product Lifecycle page, mainstream support for both the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will end on April 10th, 2018. That's nearly four and a half years from now, which is pretty much an eternity when it comes to new hardware.

Microsoft had previously indicated it will end mainstream support for its Surface RT (now known just as Surface) tablet on April 11th, 2017. The original Surface Pro will find its support clock reaching its final second on July 10th, 2017.

Microsoft is still not offering any information on when it will end mainstream support for Windows RT itself, which is installed in a number of tablets from OEMs that were released in 2012. The Windows RT 8.1 version will also be installed on the upcoming Nokia Lumia 2520. Microsoft will end support for Windows 8 on October 18th, 2015, while mainstream support for Windows 8.1 will stop on January 9th, 2018, with extended support continuing until January 10th, 2023.

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Not sure what that means to me as a Pro owner (the original Pro, but whatever, the argument's the same).

The OS itself, being the same as the mainstream Windows 8.1, is still going to be supported long after 2017/18. Not that I've seen a support roadmap for it, but Windows 7, for one, is still going to be supported beyond that.

All the built-in hardware has proper drivers now, so what exactly is going to no longer be supported after 2018? If Windows 8.1 has a bug that needs fixing in 2019, the fix is going to be installable on a Surface Pro just like it would be for any plain ol' beige box. Well, unless the installer tries to identify the hardware, but that'd be pretty lame.

Obviously we're not talking about the warranty on the hardware either.

RT--I'd understand. But the Pro? I don't get what they're trying to say.

Microsoft will soon understand...the more you act like Apple, the more your users will treat you like Apple. Up to now, Microsoft was a viable alternative to Apple. Now, it will be treated as an "Apple wannabee." Any loyalty that user had, because they liked the "old" Microsoft business model, will disappear. Now users will have the choice--Apple vs Apple-wannabe vs Linux.

TsarNikky said,
Microsoft will soon understand...the more you act like Apple, the more your users will treat you like Apple. Up to now, Microsoft was a viable alternative to Apple. Now, it will be treated as an "Apple wannabee." Any loyalty that user had, because they liked the "old" Microsoft business model, will disappear. Now users will have the choice--Apple vs Apple-wannabe vs Linux.

What? You determined this because support will end in 2018 ... Five years from now? Some of you posters try really hard to promote your biased opinion

Circaflex said,

What? You determined this because support will end in 2018 ... Five years from now? Some of you posters try really hard to promote your biased opinion

Typical of that guy.

TsarNikky said,
Microsoft will soon understand...the more you act like Apple, the more your users will treat you like Apple. Up to now, Microsoft was a viable alternative to Apple. Now, it will be treated as an "Apple wannabee." Any loyalty that user had, because they liked the "old" Microsoft business model, will disappear. Now users will have the choice--Apple vs Apple-wannabe vs Linux.

What exactly does this have to do with Apple? How is this any different from the old Microsoft?

sanke1 said,
They should not announce support period of just launched products. Just makes people uneasy over nothing.

Then people might complain that Microsoft doesn't have a clear planning on the devices.

They're doing the same thing with Windows : 5 years mainstream support, 5 years extended support. No shocking news here.

What? Why can't they support it for 10+ years???? This is so unfair to the consumer! I still use XP and want it supported! Also I have a horse-drawn carriage instead of a car.

Kaze23 said,
What? Why can't they support it for 10+ years???? This is so unfair to the consumer! I still use XP and want it supported! Also I have a horse-drawn carriage instead of a car.

With sealed batteries, those devices are doomed anyway. 3 years tops.

You may have just bought that new Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablet earlier this week, but the clock is already ticking to the day that Microsoft's official support for their newest hardware devices will end.

In what case would the clock not be ticking towards a product's end of support/EOL? Microsoft Surface Time Machine Edition?