Microsoft Really Wants You to Stop Using Windows 8.1

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Microsoft Really Wants You to Stop Using Windows 8.1

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 all the way back in 2013, and it has since been replaced by Windows 10 and 11. Now the operating system is reaching the end of its support cycle, and Microsoft really wants you to upgrade.

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ZDNet reports that Microsoft is preparing to send reminders to anyone still using Windows 8.1, reminding them that support will end on January 10, 2023. After that point, Windows 8.1 won’t receive any more system updates, including critical security patches. The initial version of Windows 8 reached the end of mainstream support in 2016.

Even though the operating system itself is reaching the end of its lifetime, and you should definitely plan an upgrade if you’re still on Windows 8.1, some components and applications will still receive updates after that point. Microsoft hasn’t specified an end-of-support date for the Edge browser on Windows 8.1, which will even continue working on Windows 7 until January 2023. Google Chrome and Firefox also haven’t announced plans to drop Windows 8.1.

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