Microsoft will send end-of-support warnings to Windows 8.1 users until January 10, 2023

Windows 8.1 will end support on January 10, 2023. For old users from the Windows 7 era, they will not be unfamiliar with the follow-up plot. Regrettably, Microsoft says it will not currently offer a free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10/11, meaning users will need to purchase a license for the new version.

However, it is understandable to do so, after all, many older devices have adopted technical designs about 10 years ago, and it is difficult to keep up with the latest hardware requirements of Windows 11.

It is reported that Microsoft released Windows 8.1 on October 17, 2013, and has improved many pain points on Windows 8.

For example, it brings back the traditional “Start” menu, and the option to launch directly to the desktop (instead of a tablet-style “Start” screen) after booting.

Microsoft will send end-of-support warnings to Windows 8.1 users until January 10, 2023

In addition, Windows 8.1 includes a built-in Internet Explorer 11 browser (resting in peace), improved OneDrive support, and other experience optimizations.

It’s worth mentioning that Windows 8.1 is also the only major Windows update that Microsoft allows users to download through the Microsoft Store — somewhat similar to how Apple’s macOS updates.

Microsoft will send end-of-support warnings to Windows 8.1 users until January 10, 2023

Finally, as early as January 9, 2018, Microsoft stopped “mainstream support” for Windows 8.1 and did not provide extended security support. However, after January 10, 2023, businesses in need can still pay Microsoft for additional updates.

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