Microsoft will end Windows 8.1 support from this date

Windows 8.1

Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 support will end on January 10, 2023. This means that after January 10, Microsoft will not provide any support or assistance regarding Windows 8.1 operating platform. In an official tweet, the Redmond-based software giant revealed that technical assistance and software updates will no longer be provided beyond this date. The end of Windows 8.1 support will mark an era of computing, which introduced touch devices in addition to the refreshed Metro interface. The User interface was different from Windows XP and users were impressed with Windows 8.1.

Even though you can continue to work with Windows 8.1 beyond January 10, you should ideally upgrade to a supported Windows release. We recommend that you upgrade to Windows 11, which brings improved features, security, and stability. In all probability, the machines running Windows 8.1 will not be able to run Windows 11, and hence customers have to purchase new devices.

Going forward, Microsoft will not provide an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1. Microsoft revealed that continuous usage of Windows 8.1 after January 10 will increase an organization’s exposure to security risks. Moreover, the usage impacts its ability to meet compliance obligations.

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