Microsoft will end support for Windows 8.1 in January 2023

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Last year, Microsoft announced that it would end support for Windows 10 from October 2025. Now, the Redmond giant is preparing to send a notification to Windows 8.1 users, informing them that it will end of platform support in January 2023. Here are the details!

RIP, Windows 8.1!

Microsoft recently shared a support note on its official website, announcing that it will stop supporting Windows 8.1 from January 10, 2023. After the date, Windows 8.1 will stop receiving security updates from Microsoft.

Now, Microsoft says that after Windows 8.1 support ends on said date, users who have Microsoft 365 will stop receiving feature-focused, security, and other quality updates for Office apps. So, if users want to continue using Office applications, they should upgrade their devices to a compatible Windows operating system. Otherwise, they can access Office on the web as an alternative.

As a reminder, Microsoft ended support for Windows 8 on January 12, 2016. The platform was rejected by many users when it was released in 2012 due to its mobile UI design. Although Microsoft returned to a desktop-like design with Windows 8.1, it didn’t really improve the overall Windows 8 experience on PCs.

The company also mentions that most Windows 8 or 8.1 devices will not support the company’s latest Windows 11 operating system due to hardware restrictions. For users considering updating their devices to Windows 10, Microsoft suggests taking into account that Windows 10 will also reach an end-of-support phase in October 2025, as mentioned earlier. Therefore, the company advises users to upgrade their PCs or laptops with modern computer systems that come with Windows 11 pre-installed.

So, if you are a Windows 8.1 user, you can start looking for devices running Windows 11 or Windows 11 SE before Microsoft stops supporting your operating system next year. You might also consider switching to Chromebooks, as Google continually improves Chrome OS to eventually bring it on par with Windows.

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