As a reminder, Windows 8.1 will reach the end of support on January 10, 2023. After this date, this product will no longer receive security updates, non-security updates, bug fixes, technical support, or online technical content updates. This includes the following editions of Windows 8.1:
- Enterprise N
- Pro with Media Center
- Professional N
Ensuring that the software is functional and secure is an important part of Managed IT Support, as it helps to ensure that the organization’s IT systems are running smoothly and that any potential vulnerabilities are addressed in a timely manner. This may involve tasks such as performing regular software updates and patches, running security scans and audits, and monitoring for unusual activity on the network.
Additionally, Microsoft 365 apps will no longer be supported on Windows 8.1 as it will no longer meet the system requirements. Customers should upgrade devices to a supported Windows release. If devices do not meet the technical requirements to run a more current release of Windows, Microsoft recommends replacing the device with one that supports Windows 11.
Please note that Microsoft will not be offering Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 8.1.
The Extended Security Update (ESU) program is a last resort option for customers who need to run certain legacy Microsoft products past the end of support. It includes Critical* and/or Important* security updates for a maximum of three years after the product’s End of Extended Support date.
Extended Security Updates will be distributed if and when available. ESUs do not include new features, customer-requested non-security updates, or design change requests.
Why is Microsoft ending the support for Windows 8 Microsoft Operating Systems historically go end of life after several years of service?
Microsoft is now aiming to get everyone on the Windows 10/11 platform which they will continue to update over time.
The beginning of a life cycle starts when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. It’s important to know the key dates in the life cycle so our users can make decisions about when they need to upgrade, update or make changes to the hardware or software.
Can I upgrade my Windows 8?
Yes, it’s recommended to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10/11 as soon as possible. The earlier you do that, the earlier you can begin to enjoy the advantages of Windows 10/11.
What is End of Life software?
The term “End of Life” means that a certain software application is no longer supported by the company that made the application. Every Windows product has a life cycle. The life cycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this life cycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software.