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Microsoft ceases support for Windows 8

By Chester Labaco & Salehuddin Bin Husin - on 13 Jan 2016, 8:29am

Microsoft ceases support for Windows 8

Windows 8 support ceases today. Next up on the chopping block is Windows 7. Software support for that OS will cease on January 16th 2020.

Microsoft has announced that support for Windows 8 will be discontinued after the patches that rolled out today.

Usually, Microsoft will support their OSes for 10 years but that's not the case with Windows 8.

Microsoft has a rule that users on its OSes can only refuse installation of a Service Pack for two years before support for the older, Service Pack-less version of the OS is discontinued. Since Windows 8.1 is labelled as a Service Pack to Windows 8, users have to upgrade or else be left behind as Microsoft stops support for the older version of the OS.

As can be surmised by the headline, today's the last time Windows 8 will ever receive a software patch.

The good news is that users of Windows 8 have two options available for them; migrate to Windows 8.1 or upgrade to Windows 10 via the Windows Upgrade offer.

While staying put on Windows 8 is of course an option, it is highly recommend to upgrade.

Now that Windows 8 won't be officially patched anymore, various security vulnerabilities may be found that could seriously jeopardize users running on the OS.

Source: ZDnet