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Why does Microsoft stop supporting Windows 8.1?

The Windows 8 era is gradually being phased out. The Redmond-based technology giant ended support for Windows 8 in January 2016 and recently announced that it will now end support for its older brother, Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 provided a more stable user experience and was an improvement over Windows 8. But like all Windows products, it was doomed to run out. Read on to find out when it ends, why it ends and what it means to users.

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When will support for Windows 8.1 end?

Support for Windows 8.1 will end on January 10, 2023. Shortly after that goodbye to Windows Explorer, Microsoft has revealed a date to mark the end of support for the Windows 8.1 version, which will be approximately 5 months from now. The company also announced this users would see a Windows 8.1 update message from July to notify them of the termination of Microsoft support.

As such, Windows 8.1 users should decide what to do immediately before its support date expires. This will help avoid a lot of adverse circumstances when upgrading to a new version of Windows or switching to an alternate operating system, such as macOS or Linux.


Why does support for Windows 8.1 cease?Question mark in a wooden hand

Microsoft decided to discontinue support for the Windows 8.1 version due to its user interface shortcomings. In addition, the technology giant wants to focus more time on providing a more stable environment for its users with Windows 10 and 11.

Microsoft was criticized for the first mobile UI design of its Windows 8 release in 2012. The company then released the Windows 8.1 version with a desktop-like UI design to solve these problems.

Although it provided a better user experience, Windows 8.1 did not completely resolve most UI issues. As such, Microsoft required a newer version to address its user interface limitations and attract users who had previously abandoned Windows for alternative operating systems.

To this end, Microsoft released newer versions of Windows (10 and 11) that provide a better UI experience by combining mobile and desktop features.

Despite their desire to give Windows 8.1 a try, many users experienced problems with their computers and opted for an upgrade to newer versions of Windows. Consequently, Microsoft has finally decided to discontinue support for Windows 8.1.

What does this mean for Windows 8.1 users?

By terminating operating system support, Microsoft has sent a clear signal to Windows 8.1 users. People who still use 8.1 need to quickly decide whether to upgrade to a newer version of Windows or switch to an alternative operating system, such as macOS or Linux.

After January 10, 2023, Windows 8.1 users will no longer receive security updates and other related updates from Microsoft. You may still be able to use it unattended, but your productivity is likely to suffer in an unsafe environment. In addition, key Microsoft apps will no longer be supported on Windows 8.1.

Which Microsoft apps no longer support Windows 8.1?

When support expires, Microsoft 365 and other versions of Office will no longer be supported on Windows 8.1, after Microsoft’s modern life cycle policy. If you are still using Microsoft 365 on Windows 8.1, you will no longer receive Office app updates, including features, bug fixes, and other security security updates.

Non-subscription versions of Office, such as Office Home & Student, Office Home & Business and Office Professional Plus, will continue to be supported during Fixed life cycle policy. However, Windows 8.1 will no longer receive security updates, making these apps vulnerable to security threats.

In addition, Microsoft will no longer provide one Extended Security Update (ESU)) programs for Windows 8.1 after January 10, 2023. Consequently, continuous use of Windows 8.1 may increase the exposure to security risks or affect its ability to comply with compliance obligations.

As such, Windows 8.1 users are strongly advised to upgrade to Windows 10 or 11 to avoid future performance and user experience issues.

It’s time for an upgrade

If a user is already running Windows 8.1, Microsoft recommends that you upgrade to a newer version of Windows 10 or 11. An update of Windows 11 is highly recommended. However, Microsoft has stated that most Windows 8.1 computers will not be compatible with Windows 11 versions due to hardware limitations.

The best option for Windows 8.1 users is to get a new computer with pre-installed Windows 11 versions. Alternatively, users can update to Windows 10 versions on a budget. However, you should also keep in mind that Microsoft will end its support in October 2025.

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