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Microsoft to continue support for Windows 8.1 until June

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Microsoft has decided to not support another operating system, like they did with Windows XP. The OS they chose to discontinue support is nearly eight months old. Microsoft, quietly, announced that they’re no longer supporting Windows 8.1, and all users should update their operating system to Windows 8.1 Update by Tuesday of last week. However, they have chosen to stay its implementation until early June.

Support for the operating system was to end on May 13th, however, Microsoft chose to extend the deadline until June 10th. Microsoft, according to a blog post, claims that the new Windows 8.1 Update will be the new ‘baseline’ for the 8.1 operating system.

How does this affect me?

If you’re running Windows 8.1, you will suffer the same fate as those running Windows XP. You will no longer receive security updates, which will leave you vulnerable to viruses or ‘bugs’, which was recently experienced with Internet Explorer which affected versions 6 through 11.

What can I do about it?

For the regular consumer, if you turned on your Automatic Updates in Windows, you should’ve already received the update. Microsoft decided to make this available to everyone, unlike their original Windows 8.1 when you needed to get the update through their app store. The update for consumers is a bit lengthy but nothing frustrating. Businesses, using Windows 8.1, will have to begin their validation process now as that takes time.

Why did they extend the deadline?

Microsoft knows this is tricky and wants to be careful. They discontinued Windows XP in April, and dropping support for a newer operating system is receiving customer push back. While they feel that ‘the majority of people have received the update’, it could be based on some issues about the update failing to install.

What should I do?

If you are running Windows 8.1, then run a Windows Update to make sure you are all set. To compound the issue, if you are running Windows 8, they will continue to support that operating system.

If you do not run the update by June 10th, your device will continue to operate. It will simply not have the latest security patches and will no longer receive future patches. They believe that the extra month will allow consumers unable to update their system ‘will be able to do so’.

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