Microsoft Surface RT has been around less than a month now and has been doing rather well in stores so far. You have to wonder though, with Microsoft Windows RT and the Surface being new products, how will they be supported as we move forward into the future.
It seems that Microsoft has now stepped up to help better answer that question.
A new posting to the company page suggests that mainstream support for the Surface RT will continue to AT LEAST April 11, 2017– in other words it could be longer, but they won’t ditch us any earlier than 2017. As for Windows RT as an operating system for other devices is concerned?
We don’t have an official end of support date yet, but I wouldn’t be too shocked if it is in line with what is offered for the Surface RT.
What does this mean? It basically means that new updates to firmware and software should make its way to the Surface RT (and hopefully other RT devices) for many, many years to come.
Of course that in and of itself brings up another interesting question.
With operating systems like iOS and Android, new major versions of the operating system introduce new features, UI elements and more. They are full-fledged upgrades and major game-changers, but they are also totally free.
How will this work with Windows RT and Windows 8? With Windows 8, I’d expect the upgrade cycle to stay about the same as traditional Windows versions. We might get patches and service packs, but that will be about it.
With Windows RT on the other hand? It will be somewhere in the middle between how Windows 8 is handled and how Windows Phone 7/8 were handled. I don’t think a full “new” Windows RT2 will be free and upgradable.
That said, don’t be surprised if Windows RT SP1/SP2 etc roll out and introduce bigger changes then we see with a traditional Windows Service pack.
Anyhow, while we might not know what the future of updating looks like for the Microsoft Surface and Windows RT, it is at least good to know that Microsoft seems to be supporting them for a long time going forward.
While not much more information is yet to be revealed, you can always check out Microsoft’s website for a bit more information.