Microsoft Surface Pro mainstream support ends in mid-2017

As we reported earlier, Microsoft is now selling the 64 GB and 128 GB versions of the Surface Pro tablet. People who pick up the tablet today in the US and Canada can expect to receive mainstream support for over four years, according to the company's support page.

That page lists mainstream support ending for the Surface Pro tablet on July 10th, 2017. The tablet runs on Windows 8 Pro, which will have its mainstream support end on January 9th, 2018 and its extended support will end on January 10th, 2023.

Microsoft had previously announced that mainstream support for the Surface RT tablet would end on April 11th, 2017. However, the company has yet to announce a date for the end of mainstream and extended support for Windows RT itself, along with support for Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which is bundled with all Windows RT devices.

In October, Microsoft posted an FAQ page, which said "Microsoft will make software updates, including security updates, available for Windows RT. Additional information regarding the Windows RT lifecycle policy will be communicated as available." That FAQ page has yet to be updated since it was first created.

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This mainstream support date means nothing. For example, WP7.5 that is a year old is pretty much abandoned, MS is launching a patch and nothing else much.

Brony said,
This mainstream support date means nothing. For example, WP7.5 that is a year old is pretty much abandoned, MS is launching a patch and nothing else much.

It's a full computer. Just buy a copy of Windows 9. It's going to work.

Or, you know, install Linux. Or OSX86.

So, if I understand it correctly, buying a Surface Pro the support for the OS will end one year earlier than buying a Lenovo running W8 Pro; seems odd to me.

Fritzly said,
So, if I understand it correctly, buying a Surface Pro the support for the OS will end one year earlier than buying a Lenovo running W8 Pro; seems odd to me.

no, it's just about the hardware support, i.e: no ability to pay for a device repair after mid 2017, and no EFI/BIOS update will be provided after that.

windows 8 itself will still receive security updates until 2023
http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=16799

So the surface pro has only just come out and we're already looking at the end of its life? Seems a bit odd...

Intrinsica said,
So the surface pro has only just come out and we're already looking at the end of its life? Seems a bit odd...

Well, in the city where I live (Hong Kong), besides hardware specifications, people look at the trade-in price of the phone before they decide to buy it.

I don't think it would receive it for free, but it was essentially a PC so you could put a USB installation media in and install a different version of Windows that way

thealexweb said,
so you could put a USB installation media in and install a different version of Windows that way

Theres rumours that MS will have future Windows upgrades in the Windows Store, which makes sense if you think about it, so it should be even easier than using a USB stick.

But being as this is a full PC with laptop hardware you can stick any x86 compatible OS you like on this thing.

So basically they are promising software upgrades to be available (eg: Windows 9) for the next 5 years if I understand correctly, and they are treating Surface support separate to Windows 8 itself.

Simon- said,
So basically they are promising software upgrades to be available (eg: Windows 9) for the next 5 years if I understand correctly, and they are treating Surface support separate to Windows 8 itself.

no, it's not a promise of free version upgrades, although win8.5 will be a free upgrade for every win8 users.

it's just a promise that the hardware will receive support until 2017, whether your device needs repairs (not free of course), or should a bug be detected in the EFI, Microsoft will fix it.

link8506 said,

no, it's not a promise of free version upgrades, although win8.5 will be a free upgrade for every win8 users.

it's just a promise that the hardware will receive support until 2017, whether your device needs repairs (not free of course), or should a bug be detected in the EFI, Microsoft will fix it.


Nobody said free, only that it would be made available [for a fee] (most likely). Warranty is 2 years. The 5 years could be security updates and minor feature updates.

These numbers will probably be open to change. No one would've guessed that XP would be popular so long after release, so Microsoft changed the extended support to last until 2014 -- that's nearly 13 years! Still, I don't think they will need such a long period for Win8, just as long as Win9 doesn't arrive as late or annoy users as much as Vista did.

Salutary7 said,
These numbers will probably be open to change. No one would've guessed that XP would be popular so long after release, so Microsoft changed the extended support to last until 2014 -- that's nearly 13 years! Still, I don't think they will need such a long period for Win8, just as long as Win9 doesn't arrive as late or annoy users as much as Vista did.

4 years of support for the hardware is enough.
the software, however, is supported until 2023:
http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=16799

It's one of the BIG advantages of a Win 8 tablet. And being as the Pro uses normal ultrabook/laptop hardware you can easily upgrade to future versions of Windows just like you would with any laptop. Or even stick Linux on it (just for fun, as Linux would be crap for touch).

Enron said,
And to think this is just mainstream support. I'm guessing hipster support will go on well until 2020.

"and its extended support will end on January 10th, 2023"