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Microsoft says it will support Windows RT for at least four years

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Microsoft says it will support Windows RT for at least four years
The original Apple iPad no longer receives iOS updates after just 2 1/2 years. So that makes the 4 1/2 years that Microsoft has promised to support Windows RT seem like a long time. The Microsoft product support lifecycle page actually shows that the Redmond based company will continue to support the platform through April 11th 2017. That means Microsoft Surface RT owners can expect to receive firmware updates through that date. Microsoft normally offers 5 years of  mainstream support to consumer and business users of Windows  and business users receive an extended 5 years. But because the Microsoft Surface RT combines software and hardware, it is considered different than just software. Office Home and Student 2013 RT will have the same support policy as Windows RT.

"For Surface devices, any Surface software installed, embedded or downloaded on the device is subject to the software lifecycle support policy for that software (unlike other HW devices such as Xbox) ... The hardware support lifecycle policy applies only to the Surface hardware (and as stated above not the Surface software). For Surface devices, that policy affects only the tablet device and hardware based accessories (and for example not to soft goods accessories such as cases)."-Microsoft product support lifecycle site

What about support for Windows RT tablets produced by other companies? Microsoft has not indication of support length for non-Surface Windows RT tablets on its lifecycle site, but does say that it will reveal other information related to the software "as available."

source: Microsoft, ZDNet via WPCentral

Microsoft Surface RT will be supported through April 17th, 2017

Microsoft Surface RT will be supported through April 17th, 2017


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posted on 25 Nov 2012, 17:10 9

1. twens (Posts: 443; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


To me the difference between a tablet and a phone is screen size. And that's why I feel tablets are useless. But the surface Pro proves me wrong. I believe a tablet should be a mini computer and the pro proves me right. If all angles are nailed right MS is beginning a race the other companies will be following very soon. And it maybe difficult for them to catch up cos ms has already taken the lead. I sold my iPad 3 when I heard of the 4.realised some of these companies are beginning to take we consumers for granted. Am keeping my money waiting for the Pro. At least I know am buying a PC and not a toy.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 19:15 2

5. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 137; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Smart guy

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 22:23

8. Johnnokia (Posts: 381; Member since: 27 May 2012)


What about the other Windows 8 tablets ?
Like Samsung Ativ Smart PC, Asus Vivo Tab, HP Envy X2 and Dell XPS 12 Convertible ?

I found all of these are so awesome but expensive. However, you can use it as a tablet and laptop simultaneously.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 17:19 1

2. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


Tell me more about this manstream...

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 17:29 1

3. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Agree twens

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 17:49

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


Sound promising... Now I really wanna get thus tablet... Too bad I'm not in US :(

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 21:12

6. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


It wasn't until I checked out the Microsoft Surface was that I was opened up to the idea of a tablet. I honestly feel like tablets now are nothing more than just giant smartphones and are more of novelty more than anything. One thing I love about Windows 8 hardware is that many OEMs are entering this dual laptop/tablet hybrid market. "Laptop when you need it, tablet when you want it."

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 21:15

7. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


I've had the Surface RT for two days and I'm rather impressed. As long as these updates keep coming, Microsoft should have a very happy consumer.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 23:03

9. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


4yrs is still good, and if you're a technology enthusiast you'll know every 4yrs you'll have to upgrade.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 10:21 1

10. 7thspaceman (Posts: 899; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Folks this is the thing that makes the "Surface Windows RT " worth buying, because before any high class developers want to make software for a product they want to know if it's going to be around in the market place for years with support from it's creator. although the Windows "Surface RT" OS will run only the apps that are in it's store like the IPADS and Android tablets do.The Microsoft Surface RT app store will grow fast now that the developers community know Microsoft will support the surface for at least 4 years. It means if you already bought one keep it. Microsoft will update it's software to make it run better than it does now and over the years you will get plenty of NEW APPS. Folks please remember that only the Windows 8 or Windows 8 PRO tablets can run old style Windows 7, or Vista or XP programs the Windows RT tablets only run the APPS that are in it's "STORE" nothing else at this time.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 10:44

11. 7thspaceman (Posts: 899; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Folks also be aware of the fact that Microsoft never said the Windows 8 or 8 PRO "Surface" Tablet computers were made to replace a Laptop or desktop computer but are made so you can occasionally use any full Windows Legacy desktop or laptop software that you desire to put in them. a Windows 8 or 8 PRO Tablet computer will require a mouse and Keyboard to Properly use Windows 7, or Vista or Windows XP Or Windows 2000 Programs because folks they were not designed to work on a touch screen USER interface. Now that you realize this truth. you can use a Windows 8 or 8 pro Tablet computer without hesitations.

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