Microsoft prepares to forget about Windows 8.1 with end of support notifications
Microsoft is getting ready to inform customers of Windows 8.1 that support will be discontinued on January 10th, 2023. As a preliminary reminder before to the January 2023 support termination, the software juggernaut will begin delivering reminders to current Windows 8.1 devices starting next month. The messages will be comparable to those Microsoft has previously used to alert Windows 7 customers about support end dates. Although Windows 8 support was first discontinued by Microsoft in 2016, the Windows 8.1 release will completely end support in January 2023.
Businesses won't be able to purchase further security fixes for Windows 8.1 since Microsoft won't be providing an Extended Security Update (ESU) program, so they'll either have to update or take the risk of using the software. The reaction of Windows 8 was considerably improved by Windows 8.1. Windows 8 provided a new touch-centric vision for Microsoft's future, but many PC users rejected it because of how drastically it did away with the old desktop and Start button. The mobile-first OS didn't fit with what people wanted, and Microsoft apologized by bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1.
Despite the improvements brought by the Windows 8.1 upgrade, Microsoft and many of its users will be eager to forget the Windows 8 period. Faced with competition from the iPad, Microsoft tried to update Windows but instead alienated many of its devoted fans. When Windows 10 debuted in 2015, it undid many of Windows 8's most radical changes, and Windows 11 has gone much farther by deleting the Start menu's Live Tiles and redesigning several dated features that have been part of Windows for decades.
Users of Windows 8.1 must now choose between purchasing a new computer or upgrading their operating system. Microsoft acknowledges that owing to Windows 11's severe CPU requirements, the majority of Windows 8.1 computers won't even support it. Microsoft adds in a support note that while most Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 devices won't match the hardware requirements for upgrading to Windows 11, suitable Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs can instead be updated to Windows 10 by purchasing and installing the complete version of the software.