Microsoft released Windows 8.1 as a successor to Windows 8 in 2013, while the company announced the end of “basic support” for Windows 8.1 in January 2018, however, Windows 8.1 received an additional five years of “extended support” under its cycle support approach. Microsoft life.
During this period, users have had – and will continue to receive – regular security updates, enabled software updates, and technical assistance, and Microsoft recently announced that it will stop supporting Windows 8.1 as of January 10, 2023.
How will Microsoft notify users of the end of support date?
Microsoft stated that Windows 8.1 users will start seeing alerts from the company asking them to update their version of Windows to the version that still supports Microsoft, and as of (July), users will start receiving the notification where they will get three clickable options – “More information”, “Remind me later” or “Remind me after the end of support date” which will run until January 2023.
Alternatives for Windows 8.1 Users
Unlike Windows 7, Microsoft will not offer Extended Security Updates for Windows 8.1, the company also confirms that Windows 8.1 users will stop receiving security updates after January 10, 2023, however, Microsoft urges users to switch to either Windows 10 or the latest version of Windows 11, and it is important to note that the company will support Windows 10 and its users will continue to receive security updates until October 14, 2025.