Microsoft send notification to windows 8.1 users that support for the operating system will end on January 10 2023.
Microsoft reminder leading up to the january 2023 support cutoff, will commence sending notifications to existing windows 8.1 device.
Microsoft originally sunset Windows 8 support in 2016, but the Windows 8.1 update will cease support fully in January 2023.
The company will not be offering an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1, so businesses won’t be able to pay for additional security patches.
Windows 8.1 users will now need to decide whether to upgrade their operating system or buy a new PC.
Most Windows 8.1 machines won’t even support Windows 11, as admitted by Microsoft, due to its strict CPU requirements.
That leaves Windows 10 as the likely upgrade path, which will continue to be supported until October 14 2025.
Windows 8 introduced a new touch-centric vision for Microsoft’s future, but it ditched the traditional desktop and Start button in such a big way that many PC users rejected it.
The mobile-first OS didn’t jibe with what users wanted, and Windows 8.1 brought back the Start button in admission from Microsoft.
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