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Windows 8 Extended Support Time Limit Crossed – Microsoft Withdraws Support From The OS


Windows 8, the very controversial OS by Microsoft is officially, out of the support scope now.

January 12th, 2016 was considered as the last date for the support of Windows 8 platform. This strongly implies that the company would no longer be involved in delivering fixes or patches for this OS.

That leaves no option for the users to either upgrade to 8.1 or switch over to Windows 10.

Windows 8 did not have a very happy life cycle. It was released back in October 26th, 2012.

Although it brought forth the live tile interface with touch support, it was not at all well received by users. Most had considered moving back to Windows 7 which they did.

Users missed the taskbar and the start button from the Windows 7 that windows 8 had done away with.

It was this problem with the OS that got so magnified, that it set the course for the design of the Windows 10, that brings forth aspects of both the Windows 7 and the Windows 8 and restores the much desired taskbar and start button layout.

This kind of feature actually marked the demise of Windows 8 and end of its support function. Microsoft had been clear about providing extended services only up to two years of the launch of an updated version of the OS.

The updated version, Windows 8.1 was launched back in 2013, on November 13th. If we consider Microsoft’s terms and conditions, then the date of expiry of support is 13th November, 2015.

However, under the Windows8.1 FAQ, it has been stated that the OS would be supported till January 12th, 2016, after which no support will be provided from Microsoft. Users would need to shift to 8.1 if they really wanted to stay supported.

However, Microsoft did not explain why it gave the users a couple of more months of service in its deadline.

It nevertheless made efforts of moving users to the newer operating systems by announcing an update to Windows 8.1 in 2013 October, which was at least a month before the 8.1 was finally rolled out.

Windows 8 business users would nevertheless continue to receive support. The enterprise versions would stay supported, but there would be expensive data plans involved.