When Is Windows 8 End of Life?

It's time to start thinking about an upgrade to Windows 10

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Microsoft will implement Windows 8 end of life in January 2023, meaning it will discontinue all support, including paid support, and all updates, including security updates. However, between now and then the operating system (OS) is in an in-between phase known as extended support. During this phase, Microsoft is still offering paid support, though not the complimentary support that comes with the Windows 8 license, and continues to provide security updates but not design and feature ones.

What Does End of Life Mean?

End of life is the date after which an application is no longer supported by the company that makes it. After Windows 8 end of life, you could continue to use the OS, but you would be doing so at your own risk. New computer viruses and other malware are being developed all the time and, without the security updates to fight them off, your data and your system would be vulnerable.

Why Is Windows 8 Support Ending?

The Windows 8 end of life cycle is similar to that of previous Microsoft OS. Microsoft states, “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software.”

Upgrading to Windows 10

Eventually, you’ll want to upgrade to Windows 10 but whether you do it now or later is up to you. Consider that the sooner you do it, the sooner you can start enjoying the benefits of the new OS.

For example, Windows 10 (which was released in 2015) supports apps that behave the same across multiple devices, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. It also features the personalized digital assistant Cortana, supports multitasking, and provides a number of other useful benefits.

The Windows 10 downloading process is straightforward for intermediate to advanced computer users; others may want to enlist the help of a computer-savvy friend.