A number of Surface devices will receive two additional years of updates from Microsoft. That means a total of up to six years for some devices.
Surface devices manufactured after January 1, 2021 will receive two additional years of driver and firmware updates. Microsoft made those adjustments to the cycle policy for those devices due to what it said was user demand.
And many more years
This extension means that devices from October 2021, for example, such as the Surface Pro 8, will receive updates until the same month in 2027. A more recent example, the Surface Laptop Go 3, was launched last month. It will therefore receive the updates until October 2029.
Surface devices from before 2021 will still receive at least four years of updates. However, that depends on the model. The Surface Studio 2 is from October 2018, but will receive updates until October of next year. The Surface Go 2 was released in May 2020 and will receive updates until December of next year.
Microsoft will make new Surface devices more secure
This policy change does not affect the Windows version in each Surface device. Driver and firmware updates apply to versions of Windows rolled out within the last thirty months. That doesn’t include versions older than those that were supported when a specific device was released.
There will still be security and functional updates, even when the date for driver and firmware upgrades has passed. The expectation in some specialized quarters is now that the frequency with which Microsoft releases its Surface devices will decrease.