Microsoft is preparing to send end-of-support notifications to users of the legacy Windows 8.1 operating system on January 10, 2023. Shipping will begin next month – this will be the first reminder of the imminent end of the OS lifecycle.
According to The Verge, the notifications will be identical to those Microsoft has used in the past to notify Windows 7 users before they no longer support the operating system.
Microsoft ended support for Windows 8 back in 2016, but the revised version 8.1 won’t end support until January 2023. At the same time, extended support for Business Extended Security Update (ESU) is not even offered for money – you will have to upgrade to a modern operating system or work on an old one at your own peril and risk.
After the release of Windows 8, which was primarily aimed at users of devices with touch displays, the company had to release an update that brought back the start button and other familiar features. Finally, in 2015, Microsoft released Windows 10, and the history of the eighth series of operating systems finally began to come to its logical end.
According to Microsoft, the vast majority of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices do not support Windows 11, so their users are advised to purchase Windows 10 as an alternative, which will receive updates until October 14, 2025.
Of course, Windows 8.1 will not stop working after January 10, 2023, but without software updates from Microsoft, the operating system quickly becomes vulnerable to outside attacks.