The Verge author Tom Warren in his note informedthat Microsoft from next month will begin to notify users of WIndows 8.1 about the end of support for the operating system.
We have known the date for a long time – extended support will end on January 10, 2023. The main one, by the way, ended on January 9, 2018, almost three years after the launch of Windows 10.
The end of extended support means the end of the operating system’s lifecycle. That is, owners of Windows 8.1 will no longer receive not only system updates (which are not released anyway), but also security patches. This is especially critical for the corporate market.
Microsoft on its website suggests that Windows 8.1 users either upgrade to Windows 10 or buy a new PC or laptop that supports Windows 11.
Windows 8.1 replaced the original Windows 8 in October 2013. Microsoft in the updated operating system tried to fix all the main jambs of its predecessor (in particular, the Start window returned), but the audience didn’t really appreciate the impulse, so before Windows 10 it mainly remained on Windows 7.