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Microsoft is preparing to end support for Windows 8.1 next year


Microsoft is preparing to start sending notifications to existing Windows 8.1 users about the end of support on January 10, 2023. The notifications will be similar to those sent when support for Windows 7 ends.

Originally, Windows 8 lost support in 2016, which isn’t surprising given the operating system’s poor reception. In an attempt to match the iPad, Microsoft introduced Windows 8’s very tactile interface by ditching the Start button and introducing tiles that covered the entire screen – a poor approach for a desktop-centric operating system. desk. Even after Microsoft tried to redeem itself with the Windows 8.1 update, it didn’t take long for users to get over its predecessor and forget about it.

In 2015, Windows 10 rolled back many of the changes made by Windows 8 and brought back the design that Windows devotees have loved and enjoyed for ages. The design has been made sleeker in Windows 11 by removing Live Tiles from the Start menu.

Since Windows 8.1 will no longer support the Extended Security Update (ESU) program, users will have to choose between upgrading their operating system or buying a new device.

Microsoft explains in a support note that Windows 8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 by purchasing and installing the full software. Windows 11 is a free upgrade, but many Windows 8.1 devices may not support it given the strict hardware requirements. If users still decide to stick with the Windows 8.1 operating system after January 10, 2023, they will have to do so at their own risk, as companies will not be able to pay for additional security patches.


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