Microsoft has officially announced that from January 12th, 2016 it will end supporting its Windows 8 operating system which was launched on August 1st, 2012. This means that Washington based company will not issue any more bug fixes of security patches for the said operating system from now on.
Windows 8 OS of Microsoft represented the first big transition for the world’s biggest software maker, which was moving from the desktop only approach to a more mobile oriented look- somewhat in lines of Apple. Inc.
But just within a couple of months of its release, Windows 8 proved as a most controversial OSes released by Microsoft. Even the highlights of the OS which were the tiles did not elicit a positive response from most users.
Due to the disappointing response the company immediately released new Windows 8.1 OS upgrade to all Windows 8 users on October 17th,2013 i.e. almost after the general availability date of Windows 8 which was October 26,2012.
The Redmond giant also issued an official notification that all Windows 8 OS users using the software either on their PC, Tablet or Phone must upgrade to Windows 8.1 OS.
Now, to those who have upgraded to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 they are two news pieces to rejoice.
- Windows 8.1 users will get technical support from Microsoft till January 2023
- All Windows 8.1 users can upgrade for free to Windows 10 platform within May 2016.