Microsoft is today ending mainstream support for Windows 8.1, meaning that Windows 10’s predecessor will no longer receive any improvements with next cumulative updates. Microsoft will be however still releasing security updates for Windows 8.1 as the operating system has entered the extended support period.
Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 8.1 desktop operating system on January 10, 2023. Until January 10, 2023, Windows 8.1 will continue to receive security fixes and improvements. If you are still using Windows 8.1, we recommend you to upgrade to Windows 10 as the security updates and improvements will be first shipped to Windows 10.
As we noted above, Windows 8.1 will continue to receive extended support until January 10, 2023, after which the operating system will be vulnerable to attacks. In a support page, Microsoft explains that until today Windows 8.1 has been receiving features, improvements, free support, warranty claims and more.
Microsoft says Windows 8.1 users will receive security update at absolutely no charge. Windows 8.1 is running on just 5.71 percent of devices and it’s likely that Windows 10 will see a rise in market share next month since Windows 8.1 users would upgrade to Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system.
Windows 7 is still the most-used desktop operating system with 43.08 percent, while Windows 10 is the second most-used operating system with 32.93 percent.