After the initial announcement in June, Microsoft once again reminded users that Windows 8.1 is about to enter the end of support phase. At the same time, the company does not forget to encourage users to upgrade to newer versions of Windows to get the fullest experience.
Accordingly, Windows 8.1 will officially enter the end of support phase on January 10, 2023. After this timeline, the operating system will no longer receive the necessary updates, making it easy to become obsolete. become the target of malicious code, especially for internet-connected systems. And just like with Windows 10 version 21H1, Microsoft’s focus is once again on driving users to Windows 11.
In addition to no longer receiving software updates, Windows 8.1 EOL also means the end of support for Microsoft 365 (Office) apps, as well as users’ ability to make purchases from the Microsoft Store.
Released on October 17, 2013, Windows 8.1 is an attempt by Microsoft to remedy the lousy experience experienced with the initial release of Windows 8. It brings back the traditional Start menu button along with customization options. choose to boot directly to the desktop. Windows 8.1 also includes Internet Explorer 11, integration with OneDrive, and other important tweaks.
Also, there’s an interesting fact that not everyone knows: Windows 8.1 is the only major Windows update that Microsoft allows users to download from the Microsoft Store, similar to how Apple updates macOS.
(Refer to QTM)