14.06.2024

Microsoft is preparing to say goodbye to Windows 8.1

This system was a real lifesaver after the failed tile experiment and the abandonment of Start, but its time is long gone.

Microsoft is preparing to say goodbye to Windows 8.1

Victor Podvolotsky

Lifehacker author

Microsoft is getting ready to say goodbye to Windows 8.1

Microsoft is preparing to send notifications to Windows 8.1 users that support for the OS will end on January 10, 2023. These alerts will begin rolling out to devices as early as next month.

The notifications will be similar to those Microsoft has used in the past to remind Windows 7 users of end-of-support dates.

Microsoft will not offer Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 8.1, so businesses won't be able to pay for additional bug fixes. Anyone who chooses to stay on this OS will have to assume all the risks.

  • Windows 8.1 was largely a work around the misperceptions made in Windows 8. The last one, introduced in 2012, was focused on touch screens and lost the traditional desktop with the Start button, which few people liked.
  • In 2013, Windows 8.1 brought back Start, and Microsoft later admitted that they made a mistake with the change of rails . In 2015, Windows 10 was released, with which the company tried to turn the page of unsuccessful experiments.
  • Now users of Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10, which will be supported until October 14, 2025.

In Russia, there are some problems with the Microsoft OS update, but they are easily solved with a VPN.

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