Nothing lasts forever, much less when we talk about software. All applications, as well as all operating systems, have a life cycle during which their developers provide product support and updates (security and maintenance) to ensure the best possible experience for users. When this life cycle comes to an end, the product is abandoned and stops receiving all kinds of support, users having to upgrade to a more modern version if they want to continue receiving this support.
Microsoft offers users of its operating system, Windows, maintenance and security updates during the life cycle of their operating systems , a life cycle divided into two periods, the main one, during which maintenance and security updates are offered, and the extended, final period to continue releasing security patches but that barely receives and maintenance, except for serious failures.
Windows 8 was, without doubt, a very peculiar operating system. Under the mandate of Steve Ballmer, this operating system tried to reinvent the operating system adapting it to touch screens and launching a first concept of the universal applications that we now know and use in Windows 10. After the arrival of Windows 8.1 , this operating system managed to improve a little the disaster of the first version, although not enough, since many users returned to Windows 7, while many others waited impatiently for the release of Windows 10.
Today, Windows 8.1 has 6% of users worldwide , being the third most used version of Windows. However, this percentage could (or at least should) be reduced in the coming months taking into account that, since yesterday, Windows 8.1 has reached the end of its main support period.
Windows 8.1 will continue to receive security updates for 5 more years
As we have said, since yesterday, the main support cycle of Windows 8.1 has come to an end, but it still has several years of life to this operating system, despite not being one of the favorites for users. From today begins the extended support period for Windows 8.1, which guarantees security updates for this system until next January 10, 2023.
Although Microsoft guarantees these security updates, users should consider upgrading to a more modern operating system, such as Windows 10, that has more extensive support, that also receives maintenance in addition to security patches, and is more prepared to do so. facing the challenges of modern computing, both to take advantage of new technologies and to deal with dangerous computer threats.
Microsoft still has 5 years ahead to get 6% of users to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to a more modern version. The problem is in Windows 7. This operating system still has about 60% market share worldwide, and its extended support will end in two years, in January 2020. Except between 2018 and 2019 we see a massive migration to Windows 10, Microsoft will have to face in two years to an even greater problem than the end of Windows XP extended support, and, for now, we do not know how to act.
Are you a Windows 8.1 user? Do you plan to upgrade to Windows 10 and continue using Windows 8.1 until its end of support?