There are few if any good reasons to cling to the original Windows 8 (or its bigger brother Windows 8.1) that Microsoft introduced released for general availability on October 26, 2012. The kindest thing that could be said was that it was a “rough” launch! With the arrival of June 10, 2014 Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8.1 and urging users to move up to the Windows 8.1 update. Not to do so would be even worse than clinging to an unsupported Windows XP…and the upate is free. Just do it! ;-)) Foster
Today, June 10, is Microsoft Patch Tuesday. It’s also the deadline for consumers running Windows 8.1 to install the Windows 8.1 Update if they want to continue to receive patches and fixes from Microsoft.
Microsoft originally imposed a deadline of May 13 on consumer users to move to the Windows 8.1 Update. On May 12, Microsoft announced a deadline extension to June 10.
Business users still have until August 12 to move to the Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft extended the deadline for those updating using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Intune and/or System Center Configuration to update users’ machines. Microsoft execs unveiled the new deadline in mid-April after outcry from some that Microsoft wasn’t giving them enough leadtime to apply the update.