Microsoft has extended the driver and firmware support for a few Surface devices

Microsoft has recently extended driver and firmware support from a few months up to one year for six Surface device models. This means that some Surface device models will be supported with security and stability updates for as long as up to six years which is impressive!

The extended support means in practice that surprisingly the life of these devices has been extended and can be used even further without having to be replaced with new devices.

In terms of sustainability and climate impact, the manufacturing of a device (laptop, tablet or other form factor) is generating carbon emissions with the equivalent of a one to three or four-hour round-trip flight. Thus, it is great news that you can use your devices longer as it means lower carbon emissions overall.

The enabler for using your Surface devices longer is the fact that you will have supported hardware in terms of drivers and firmware (security) updates.

The updated support matrix

I have a Surface Pro X myself and noticed the other day that the support was now extended to what I’ve seen before. Thanks to online service Wayback that keep old web pages in their archive, it was easy to confirm that Microsoft did an update in March 2023 which extends the end of servicing dates for these models:

Device                Release DateEnd of Servicing Date
Surface Laptop 3October 22, 2019October 22, 2023
NEW DATE: July 30, 2024
Surface Pro 7October 22, 2019October 22, 2023
NEW DATE: February 28, 2024
Surface Pro XNovember 5, 2019October 13, 2024
NEW DATE: August 10, 2025
Surface Pro X SQ2October 13, 2020October 13, 2024
NEW DATE: August 10, 2025
Surface Go 2May 6, 2020May 6, 2024
NEW DATE: December 30, 2024
Surface Book 3May 26, 2020May 26, 2024
NEW DATE: April 1, 2025
The full support matrix is available at Surface driver and firmware lifecycle for Windows-based devices – Surface | Microsoft Learn

Modern definition of end-of-life of a device

In the modern world that we live in – with cyber security being a constant threat – the ultimate end of life of a device is when there are no longer not only security updates for the operating system, but also the hardware.

Keeping hardware up to date with security updates for firmware and drivers is imperative and this is once again and I cannot emphasize enough, why this is a great approach by Microsoft to extend the support for these Surface devices.

As it looks right now, Surface devices have a minimum of 4 years of support with driver and firmware updates and, now some of the devices have support for 6 years. Great work Microsoft, looking forward to seeing if more models will have extended support as well.

A modern workplace architect and advisor who has been a Microsoft MVP for 15 years, now combining all my passions from work and personal hobbies and believes; The IT workplace, traveling and climate smart options and actions. On a mission to spread the knowledge and help make more climate smart choices when it comes to IT!