Until now, Microsoft had not disclosed the support cycle for Surface devices. As with any Windows 10 laptop or PC, Surface receives UEFI, firmware, and driver updates for peak performance after every operating system update. However, until now it was not clear how long this support lasted.
In the world of Windows 10, the lifecycle of the manufacturer is usually not a determining factor, as most updates can be done from the manufacturer’s website for each component. In fact, very few manufacturers disclose the product life cycle.
When will my Surface stop receiving updates
Microsoft has revealed end of support dates for Surface devices. It’s surprising, for example, that the Surface Pro 3 will receive firmware and driver updates until November 2021. That same date will mark the end of support for more modern devices like Surface Studio or Surface. Laptop.
Device release date Surface RT support end date October 26, 2012 April 11, 2017 Surface Pro February 9, 2013 April 11, 2017 Surface October 22, 2013 April 10, 2018 Surface Pro October 222, 2013 April 10, 2018 Surface Pro 320 June 2014 November 13 2021Surface 35 May 201513 November 2021Surface Book26 October 201513 November 2021Surface Pro 426 October 201513 November 2021Surface Book with Performance Base10 November 201613 November 2021Surface Studio (1st generation) 15 13 December 2016 13 November 2021 Surface Laptop (1st generation) 14 June 2017 13 November 2021 Surface Pro (5th gen) June 15, 2017 November 13, 2021 Surface Book November 21, 2017 November 17, 2021 Surface Pro LTE (model 1807) December 1, 2017 December 1, 2021 Surface Go August 2, 2018 August 2, 2022 Surface Studio October 22, 2018 October 2, 2022 Surface Laptop October 216, 2018 October 16, 2022 Surface Pro 6 October 16, 2018 October 16, 2022 Surface Go with LTE Advanced November 20, 2018 November 20, 2022 Surface Laptop 3 2 October 2, 2019 October 22, 2023Surface Pro 7 October 22, 2019 October 22, 2019 2023Surface Pro XNovember 5, 2019November 5, 2023Surface Go May 26, 20206 May 2024Surface Book 326 May 2020May 26, 2024Surface Pro X SQ213 October 202013 October 2024Surface Laptop Go13 October 202013 October in 2024
As we see, Microsoft has decided to adopt a four-year support cycle cadence for the latest Surface devices. However, from Redmond, they indicate that this period may be extended and that this change will be reflected before reaching the end of support date.
What happens when the device terminates its support
When Surface devices complete their support cycle, that doesn’t mean the device is unusable – far from it. Simply stop receiving UEFI, Firmware, and Driver updates from Microsoft from Windows Update. Devices will continue to receive Windows 10 updates.
After support ends, if component manufacturers (such as Intel or AMD) continue to release driver updates, it will be possible to download them from their website. The only difference is that these drivers are not as optimized and it will be more difficult for the user to apply these updates.