Monday, November 26, 2012

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Confirms Plan To Support The Surface RT For Minimum 4 Years

The typical support lifecycle for a tablet happens to be about 2 and a half years if one asks Apple, or maybe one reaches the parking lot after purchasing an Android OEM. When Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) introduced the Surface the previous month, one had no reason to believe that they would be pushing for anything else. However, Microsoft wants everyone to believe that Surface is more of a laptop than a tablet. Microsoft has finally made its intentions for supporting the Surface. It is being believed that the company is carefully moving a step forward.

As per ZDNet blogger Ed Bott, the Surface RT will get software upgrades and security fixes for 4 and a half years after the initial launch of the products or on 11th April of 2017, to be more precise.

The Microsoft Surface has learnt something that no one seems interested in knowing – the date will eventually die. Fortunately, it has a number of years left.

It is being expected that like Apple and Samsung, Microsoft too will be launching yearly iterations of its tablet products, so that there can be a better Surface tablet to tempt customers.

Four years is indeed a long time. Microsoft released its Surface tablet operating on Windows RT nearly a month back. When the tablet launched there was no official support policy for Windows RT. All major enterprises purchasers are interested to know whether Microsoft will continue to support a platform for a number of years before they start buying and releasing devices in bulk.

Since the Surface tablet operating on RT is an end user product, there is no Extended Support End Date. The support period implies that anyone who buys the tablet would be entitled to receive updates till April of 2017. It is to be noted the Microsoft’s service window for Windows RT is exceptionally longer, compared to what Apple has been providing users of its iPads. 

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