Recently the new Surface tablets – Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 along with the accessories hit the online and retail stores. Albeit many people are yet to purchase the device, Microsoft has already announced the product lifecycle for the Surface 2 tablets. Every product has a lifecycle through which, the company commits to supporting the product. For instance, Windows XP, one of the most popular desktop OS on earth, is due for a final farewell on 8th of April 2014. After the product lifecycle is over, Microsoft will no longer provide any critical security patches.
Surface 2 Product Lifecycle Support Policy
Microsoft has set the mainstream support for Surface 2 tablet to 10th of April 2018, the Surface Pro 2 tablet follows the same lifecycle. The new Surface tablets are launching in 21 initial markets including China where the device is set to release in early November this year. Both the tablets that are releasing in China will have the same deadline.
In addition, Microsoft has also reminded the deadline of Surface RT and Surface Pro – the first generation of Surface tablets. While Surface RT has support up to 11th April 2017, Microsoft is offering the Surface Pro mainstream support up to 10th of July 2017.
Interestingly, the beginning of the lifecycle of all the new Surface tablets have been set to 20th Jan 2014, which is obviously almost two and a half months from now.