Microsoft to Support Surface RT Tablet for Four+ YearsMon, Nov 26, 2012 - 1:03 PM
Microsoft has committed to supporting the new Surface RT tablet for over four years, until April 2017. While this might sound generous, it’s actually less than half the usual product lifecycle of 10 years, because it’s considered a consumer product rather than a business product. This means that Surface RT will only get mainstream support – extended support is out.
Apple is known for dropping support for older products when new ones come out and this appears to be a step in that direction. Not really great for consumers who have shelled out a premium price for their Surface RT tablet.
Microsoft will support the Surface RT only in the “Mainstream” support phase, presumably because it’s considered a consumer product. The company typically supports consumer-grade software only during that five-year period; all business software, as well as some titles that are designed for consumers, such as Office Home and Student 2010, receive another five-year stretch, called “Extended” support, for a total of 10 years.