Microsoft warns Windows 8.1 support is coming to an end

Theo Neowin, Microsoft says Windows 8.1 users will receive a message similar to the ones the company used in the past when Windows 7 was about to be discontinued. Users are also provided with a link to a dedicated support article, where Microsoft explains what end of support means and what users can do about it.

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Windows 8.1 computer users are advised to switch to Windows 11

Interestingly, Microsoft says it currently doesn’t offer a free upgrade path from Windows 8.1 to Windows 11 and 10, meaning users should consider purchasing a license for the newer release. The company also notes that those sticking with Windows 8.1 should consider buying a new computer that supports Windows 11 or 10 because computers built for Windows 8.1 are designed with technology that’s about 10 years old.

Windows 8.1 was released on October 17, 2013 as an attempt by Microsoft to fix what they had encountered with the initial release of Windows 8. It provides a return to the traditional Start menu and boot options. directly to the desktop instead of the completely redesigned Start menu. Windows 8.1 also includes Internet Explorer 11, improved integration with OneDrive, and other tweaks.


One highlight of Windows 8.1 is that it becomes the only major Windows update that Microsoft allows users to download from the Microsoft Store, similar to how Apple updates macOS.

Windows 8.1 ended major support on January 9, 2018. Unlike its predecessor, Windows 8.1 does not support the extended security update program, where companies pay Microsoft to receive additional patches after January 10, 2023.

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