Microsoft announced today that it will be ending support for its popular operating system, Windows 8.1, on January 10. This means that users of the operating system will no longer receive technical assistance, software updates, or security fixes from the company.
In a statement, Microsoft said, “Continuing to use Windows 8.1 after January 10 may increase an organization’s exposure to security risks. We recommend that you upgrade to the latest version of Windows to receive the latest security updates and features.” The company also confirmed that it will not be offering an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1.
The end of support for Windows 8.1 will affect millions of users around the world, as the operating system was released in 2013 and has been widely used by both businesses and individuals. It is the successor to Windows 7 and was designed to work on both traditional computers and mobile devices.
Many users may be hesitant to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, as they may be concerned about the cost or the compatibility of their current software and hardware. However, Microsoft has emphasized the importance of upgrading in order to protect against potential security threats.
“We understand that making the decision to upgrade to a new version of Windows can be difficult, especially for businesses that may have customized their systems to meet specific needs,” Microsoft said in a blog post. “However, it’s important to keep in mind that end of support means that the operating system will no longer receive security updates, which could leave your organization at risk.”
The company has also offered guidance to users on how to prepare for the end of support for Windows 8.1. It suggests creating a plan for upgrading to a newer version of Windows, testing the compatibility of current software and hardware, and backing up important data.
Windows 8.1 users who are unable to upgrade to a newer version of the operating system can consider alternative options, such as using a different device or switching to a different operating system. However, these options may not offer the same level of security and support as upgrading to a newer version of Windows.
Microsoft’s decision to end support for Windows 8.1 on January 10 will have a significant impact on millions of users around the world. While it may be difficult for some users to upgrade to a newer version of the operating system, it is important to do so in order to protect against potential security risks. Microsoft has offered guidance on how to prepare for the end of support and has emphasized the importance of upgrading to a newer version of Windows in order to receive the latest security updates and features.