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Microsoft has announced that it will stop providing support to Windows 8.1 OS from January 10, 2023. Microsoft stopped all security updates and support for Windows 8 in January 2016.
“Windows 8.1 reaches the end of support on January 10, 2023. After that date, if you’re running Microsoft 365, you’ll no longer receive updates for the Office apps; this includes the feature, security, and other quality updates,” Microsoft said in a statement released on its support page.
The tech giants have urged users to upgrade their Windows 8.1 OS to the supported versions such as Windows 10 or 11. However, Microsoft reminded users to invest cautiously in Windows 10.
“To maintain the reliability and stability of Microsoft 365, we strongly recommend you take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities by moving to a new PC with Windows 11. PCs have changed substantially since Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 were first released. Today’s computers are faster, more powerful, and sleeker—plus they come with Windows 11 already installed,” the statement read.
“Most Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 devices will not meet the hardware requirements for upgrading to Windows 11. As an alternative, compatible Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs can be upgraded to Windows 10 by purchasing and installing a full software version. Before investing in a Windows 10 upgrade, please consider that Windows 10 will reach its end of support date on October 14, 2025,” it added.
Recently, Microsoft retired the Windows Internet Explorer browser after 27 years.