Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 8

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In what’s likely a move to nudge more of its customers to migrate to Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge (the new version of its web browser, which supersedes Internet Explorer), effective immediately, Microsoft will no longer offer updates, patches or technical support for Windows 8 and has also announced it will no longer support IE 8, IE 9 or IE 10.

 

 

From TechCrunch:

For end users, that doesn’t mean the software instantly becomes non-functional, but that it will [no] longer be updated with bug fixes or other security patches. That could potentially expose a good portion of online users to malware, if they choose not to upgrade, Microsoft warns.

However, if you’re not quite ready to make the leap to Windows 10 Computerworld reports you can update to Windows 8.1—a version that is still supported by Microsoft—for free:

To continue to receive security updates, Windows 8 users must upgrade to Windows 8.1, the free 2013 edition available from the Windows Store, Microsoft’s app warehouse.

 

Click here for Microsoft’s how-to page for the 8.1 update, which includes details of system requirements for the update and a download link.

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