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A move that we already expected.
We all still remember back when Windows 8.1 was released by Microsoft in October 2013 as an attempt to address some of the criticism that Windows 8 received, such as the lost Start button, and fixes to bugs that even I have noticed.
However, according to data released by NetMarketShare back in September 2017, about six percent of the market only are running Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 is still dominant with more than 40% of market share.
Although there is still extended support for the aforementioned OS until January 20, 2023 which provides security fixes for the OS, unfortunately, there will be no fix to be offered by Microsoft in case something went wrong.
|Client operating systems||Latest update or service pack||End of mainstream support||End of extended support|
|Windows Vista||Service Pack 2||April 10, 2012||April 11, 2017|
|Windows 7 *||Service Pack 1||January 13, 2015||January 14, 2020|
|Windows 8||Windows 8.1||January 9, 2018||January 10, 2023|
|Windows 10 **||See Available Updates||October 13, 2020||October 14, 2025|
*table retrieved from Microsoft
Of course, you can continue using the operating system as is. But unlike the beloved Windows 7, Windows 8.1 was something you’d really hate especially if you’ve used Windows 10, and there seems little reason not to upgrade to a more supported version of the operating system, especially since it can still be done for free for another few days. Grab the opportunity now before it ends.