Microsoft to support Surface Pro tablet until 2017

Hardware gets 4+ years of support, but the Windows 8 Pro OS gets 10.

By , Computerworld |  Mobile & Wireless, Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Pro

The shorter-than-usual support for the Surface Pro hardware is not groundbreaking: Apple also supports its tablets for short stretches.

For example, Apple last issued an iOS update for the first-generation iPad on May 7, 2012, just two years and one month after the tablet's April 3, 2010 on-sale date.

iOS 6, which Apple launched last September, does not run on the 2010 iPad. Assuming Apple maintains that unwritten practice, it will drop the iPad 2 from support before the middle of this year.

The Surface Pro went on sale Feb. 9. Within hours, the $999 128GB configuration sold out. The $899 model with 64GB of storage space remains available from Microsoft's online store.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is gkeizer@ix.netcom.com.

Read more about tablets in Computerworld's Tablets Topic Center.


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