Microsoft goes public with more Surface driver, firmware end-of-support dates

Wondering how long Microsoft will continue to provide driver and firmware updates for particular Surface PCs and tablets? That information is now available.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor
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On November 13, Microsoft went public with device support dates for some of its more recently released Surface PCs and tablets. Before today, Microsoft had made end-of-device-support dates public for its oldest Surface models, but not some of its newer devices.

For Surface devices the "device support period" means the period during which Microsoft will provide driver and firmware updates for a device. The device support period kicks off when a device is released. However, after an end-of-device-support date is reached, Microsoft will continue to provide Windows OS feature and security updates in keeping with the Windows 10 lifecycle policy, officials noted.

The earliest Surface models, like Surface RT and Surface Pro and Surface 2 received five years of driver and firmware support. More recently introduced devices are largely getting four years of device support.

Microsoft officials state on the docs.microsoft.com Surface driver and firmware page that Windows-based Surface devices that "Surface devices will receive driver and firmware updates for at least 4 years from when the device was first released." In some cases where support is longer than four years, Microsoft says it will provide an updated end-of-servicing date in advance of the last date of servicing.

On the OS front, Surface devices follow the Windows 10 servicing convention, meaning Surface devices will get twice yearly feature updates. To date, the H2 feature updates have been getting 30 months of support and the H1 updates, 18 months of support. Microsoft has said it will continue providing semi-annual channel updates for Windows 10 through October 2025.

End-of-device driver/firmware support for a few of the newer Surface devices:

  • Surface Laptop 3: October 22, 2023
  • Surface Pro 7: October 22, 2023
  • Surface Pro X: November 5, 2023
  • Surface Pro X SQ2: October 13, 2024
  • Surface Go 2: May 6, 2024
  • Surface Laptop Go: October 13, 2024

For the full list of Surface device support dates, check out the driver and firmware lifecycle support page here. And just to reiterate, Surface users can continue to use their devices safely even after the end of driver/firmware support period expires, as they'll continue to get Windows 10 security updates.

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