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  1. You may have just bought that new Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablet earlier this week, but the clock is already ticking to the day that Microsoft's official support for their newest hardware devices will end. According to Microsoft's Product Lifecycle page, mainstream support for both the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will end on April 10th, 2018. That's nearly four and a half years from now, which is pretty much an eternity when it comes to new hardware. Microsoft had previously indicated it will end mainstream support for its Surface RT (now known just as Surface) tablet on April 11th, 2017. The original Surface Pro will find its support clock reaching its final second on July 10th, 2017. Microsoft is still not offering any information on when it will end mainstream support for Windows RT itself, which is installed in a number of tablets from OEMs that were released in 2012. The Windows RT 8.1 version will also be installed on the upcoming Nokia Lumia 2520. Microsoft will end support for Windows 8 on October 18th, 2015, while mainstream support for Windows 8.1 will stop on January 9th, 2018, with extended support continuing until January 10th, 2023. source: neowin
  2. Microsoft is today rolling out the latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 2, which should fix the issues that have dogged the hardware since the previous update was pulled back in December. As we’ve previously reported, users have been experiencing problems with sleep mode and battery life, and Microsoft was forced to cancel the firmware rollout as a result; now it seems it’s back on track. A Surface support team member hinted that January 14th would be the date when the fixed release would see the light of day, and that prediction looks to have been nearly right. ZDNet first reported that the update had been sighted in the wild, though as yet there has been no official word from Microsoft — if you’re waiting for your firmware fix, you may have to sit tight just a little longer. Microsoft has already released updates for the first-generation Surface Pros running Windows 8.0 and 8.1 this week, so the signs are that the engineers at Redmond have been busy over the holidays. While users have reported receiving the update on Twitter, it’s too early to confirm whether the sleep and battery issues have been cleared up or what other features (if any) are included. At the time of writing, the official Surface Pro 2 update history page has yet to confirm the latest firmware release or detail the features in it, but you should see a new entry added in due course. If you’ve received the latest rollout and noticed an improvement in performance or otherwise, let us know in the comments. Source
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