According to StatCounter, Windows 8 and 8.1 still account for about 4.3 percent of the worldwide Windows install base, which is less than Windows 11, Windows 10 or even Windows 7. But for those who are still using Windows 8.1, the end of the line is Insight. ZDNet reports that Microsoft will soon begin rolling out notifications to the remaining Windows 8.1 users, warning them that support and security updates will end on January 10, 2023, and recommending that they switch to a newer operating system. (Windows 8.0 support ended in 2016)
Microsoft provided similar end-of-support messages to Windows 7 users when its updates rolled out back in January 2020. ZDNet says users will be able to click on notification messages to learn more or dismiss them until after the end of support date. Comes.
That January 2023 date seems to be a tough cutoff. Microsoft says it has no plans to offer ongoing Windows 8.1 security updates to businesses that choose to pay for them, as is the case with Windows 7. Businesses looking to fork over the money can still get security updates for Windows 7 by 2023, but Windows 7 is still running on 13 percent of all Windows PCs around the world. It justifies continued effort and expense on the part of Microsoft in a way that continues to support the much less popular Windows 8.
The remaining Windows 8 users who aren’t ready to replace their PCs can still buy themselves time by upgrading to Windows 10, which was Microsoft’s flagship OS until less than a year ago and until at least 2025. Will continue to receive updates until October. Any PC that can run Windows 8 well should be able to do the same with Windows 10.
Microsoft officially ended its free Windows-8-to-Windows-10 upgrade offer in 2016. But technically speakingThere is nothing preventing Windows 10 from installing and activating normally on systems with a valid Windows 8 license, either with a product key (for retail licenses) or automatically (PCs sold with Windows 8 preinstalled). for).
It’s an update flaw that Microsoft has kept open to over the years, a byproduct of the company’s 2015 desire to integrate the Windows install base on a single version of the operating system. Windows 11, as we’ve written, takes a decidedly different approach. But at least for now, Microsoft still isn’t interested in strictly enforcing licensing and activation rules for individuals upgrading to newer versions of Windows on their systems.
Windows 8 flopped, at least in part because it tried to graft touch-friendly tablet interfaces to the Windows desktop, replacing or replacing familiar elements like the Start menu in the process. These disruptive interface changes distracted from what was otherwise a nice incremental upgrade to the popular Windows 7. When it was replaced by the more familiar-looking Windows 10 in 2015, Windows 8’s market share rapidly eroded, thanks to a free upgrade offer that allowed all Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs at no extra cost. To upgrade to Windows 10.