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Microsoft extends Surface firmware support from four to six years

Microsoft extends Surface firmware support from four to six years

Microsoft wants to provide longer firmware support for all Surface devices going forward. The American software company announced that all Surface models will receive new firmware updates for six years in the future. This also applies retrospectively in some cases.

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The new firmware update policy applies to all devices starting in 2021

Anyone who owns a Microsoft Surface series laptop, desktop system, or tablet can look forward to a change in Microsoft’s support policy that has been implemented without much publicity. Like from an updated version of Website for support offers for the Surface series Microsoft now offers six years of firmware updates

Like colleagues from Windows Central According to reports, Microsoft recently quietly changed its information. So far, Surface models have only received updates for four years. The whole thing also applies retroactively, that is, not only to newly produced or sold devices.

Specifically, Microsoft promises on its Surface support documentation website that all devices delivered since January 1, 2021 will come with firmware updates over a six-year period. This means that the Surface Pro 7+, Surface Go 3, Surface Laptop 4, Surface Laptop Go 2, Surface Studio 2+, and first-generation Surface Laptop Studio, among others, will receive firmware updates for six years.

Naturally, this does not rule out the possibility that older devices will also receive new firmware updates. Additionally, the end of firmware support does not mean that the device can no longer be used with the latest version of Windows, since we are talking about firmware updates and not OS updates.

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By the way, the new regulations only apply to “surface computers.” This means that the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 will not be affected by the change, as dual-screen smartphones are not computers by definition.

summary

  • Microsoft offers extended firmware support for Surface devices
  • All Surface models receive firmware updates for six years
  • The changes also apply partly retroactively to devices that have already been sold
  • All devices delivered since January 1, 2021 are affected
  • Older devices may still be able to receive updates
  • The regulations only apply to “surface PCs,” not to dual-screen smartphones
  • The end of firmware support does not mean the end of Windows update capability

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