Microsoft’s warning to the users of Windows XP to migrate to any newer operating system has long been making news. However, from various reports, we know that these warnings did not really work so far. Only a meagre number of Windows XP users upgraded their operating system and the idea of Windows 8 upgrade did not appeal to many users. Others still continue to use Windows XP though there is a growing fear that the end of extended support for XP in April will leave the operating system unprotected causing it to face a number of security issues. But what surprised many lately was a new announcement from Microsoft. The report stated that Microsoft was urging its Windows 8 users to update to Windows 8.1 to receive future support.
Windows 8 users urged to update to Windows 8.1
Windows 8 is an independent operating system and as per Microsoft’s support policy, it should receive five years of mainstream support as well as five years of extended support. The operating system was officially released on October, 2012. Microsoft support page indicates that Windows 8 will receive the mainstream support till Jan 9, 2018. During the mainstream support period, the operating system will receive patch fixes, updates to address vulnerabilities and bug fixes. On the other hand, the operating system will receive only security updates during the extended support period.
Although the company claims that Windows 8 users will enjoy the support as per Microsoft’s update policy, it continues to urge users to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Microsoft marketing to businesses head, Erwin Visser was quoted as saying, “Windows 8 customers will have two years to move to Windows 8.1 after the General Availability of the Windows 8.1 update to continue to remain supported under Windows 8 lifecycle.”
No service packs for Windows 8
Unlike the previous Windows operating systems, Microsoft would not release service packs to Windows 8. Windows 8 users are required to upgrade their operating system to Windows 8.1 update, which is free. A Microsoft analyst said, “Windows 8 has a relatively small base at the moment and Windows 8.1 is free, so it’s not insanely onerous to require users to upgrade.”
It is not clear whether Microsoft would do away with Windows 8 support once all the current users migrate to Windows 8.1 update. So, after your Windows 8 upgrade, you need to update to Windows 8.1 to continue receiving Microsoft support.