12 Jan 2016
Windows 8 was released in 2012, and One would expect a Microsoft desktop operating system to get at least 10 years of support, however, despite releasing in 2012, Windows 8's life cycle is shorter than usual, but Microsoft has deemed that Windows 8.1 is a service pack to Windows 8. You can defer installation of service packs by two years, but after that, you'll either have to upgrade or run the risk of not receiving updates.
After today, those on Windows 8 will have to upgrade to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 to continue getting security updates from Microsoft.Windows 8 users who haven't upgraded to Windows 8.1
The Extended Support cycle for Windows 8.1 lasts until January 10, 2023, with Windows 10 extending that date to October 14, 2025. Windows 8 initially received a lukewarm reception from users, who were confused about the tile-based interface and disappearance of familiar features such as the "start button." Microsoft brought the start button back and made it possible to boot up in "desktop mode" in Windows 8.1
If you're running Windows 8, you can make the switch to Windows 8.1 with ease. Make sure you have 4GB of free disk space to install the update, then head to the Windows Store to download the Windows 8.1 update. Once you click on the download button, the update starts downloading and installing automatically in the background, requiring no intervention from your side. Once Windows 8.1 has been installed, users also have the option of upgrading for free to Windows 10, released in July.
Internet Explorer, users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 will also have to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, as they will no longer get support for IE 8, 9, or 10. IE 9 and 10 will still be supported on some operating systems that don't support IE 11, such as Windows Vista SP2. Microsoft says IE 11 will be the last version of Internet Explorer. Windows 10 comes with a new browser called Microsoft Edge. However, Internet Explorer may still be needed for some older websites, such as those with ActiveX controls.