Last year, Microsoft announced that it would end support for Windows 10 from October 2025. Today, the Redmond giant is preparing to send a notification to Windows 8.1 users, informing them that it will will end support for the platform in January 2023.
Microsoft recently shared a support note on their official website announcing thatit will stop supporting Windows 8.1 from January 10, 2023. After this date, Windows 8.1 will stop receiving security updates from Microsoft.
Now, Microsoft says that after support for Windows 8.1 ends on said date, Microsoft 365 users will stop receiving security updates, feature-focused updates, and other updates. quality for Office applications. 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-centric user interface 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.
Upgrading to Windows 11 is almost impossible for these devices
The company also mentions that most Windows 8 or 8.1 devices will not support the latest Windows 11 operating system of the company due to material 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. The company therefore advises users to upgrade their PCs or laptops to modern devices with Windows 11 pre-installed.
So, if you’re 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 is constantly improving Chrome OS to bring it up to par with Windows eventually.