Microsoft is set to bid for Windows 8.1 early next year and will soon alert users via notifications.
The tech giant is ending Windows 8.1 support in January 2023, and will start providing alerts to users next month.
“Support for Windows 8 ended on January 12, 2016 and support for Windows 8.1 will end on January 10, 2023,” the company said in an update.
“Microsoft 365 apps are no longer supported on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 when they have reached the end of their support dates. To avoid performance and reliability issues, we recommend that you move to a newer version of Windows Go,” the company said.
Microsoft will not offer the Extended Security Opdate (ESU) program for Windows 8.1.
“After that date, if you are running Microsoft 365, you will no longer receive updates for Office apps; This includes feature, security and other quality updates,” the company said, and advised users to upgrade to a supported operating system.
Most Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 devices will not meet the hardware requirements to upgrade to Windows 11.
“As an alternative, compatible Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs can be upgraded to Windows 10 by purchasing and installing the full version of the software,” the company said.
Windows 10 will continue to be supported till October 14, 2025.
Microsoft recommended users to take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities by moving to a new PC with Windows 11 installed.
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