Microsoft Surface

Microsoft SurfaceMicrosoft will support its Surface Pro tablet until July 2017, or almost four-and-a-half years after its launch last weekend, the company’s website confirmed. Like its predecessor the Surface RT, the Windows 8-powered Surface Pro sports a support lifecycle that’s less than half the usual 10 years Microsoft allots its software products. Microsoft will support the Surface Pro only in a “Mainstream” support phase, the company said on its lifecycle website. Last year, Microsoft announced a similar support schedule for the Surface RT. That device, which launched in late Oct. 2012, will be supported until April 2017, or nearly four-and-a-half years. Microsoft typically supports consumer-grade software only during a five-year mainstream stretch. Business software and operating systems receive another five-year span, called “Extended” support, for a total of 10 years.

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Partner at Palmer Advanced Media, a technology-focused strategic advisory practice that helps Fortune 500 companies and growth-stage companies with digital strategy, data science, marketing, branding, and business development. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert and a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. @shellypalmer or visit

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