As of Patch Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Microsoft officially announced End of Life Support for Windows 8.0 and Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10. This does not mean that your computer and browsers will stop working, but it means no more patches and security updates for these products leaving them open and vulnerable to hackers. So if you are 1 of the estimated 48 Million people running Windows 8.0, it’s time to upgrade now.
Fear not though because the upgrade to Windows 8.1 or the current Microsoft Operating System release, Windows 10, is absolutely free, all you need is some time to download and let it do the install. If you’ve been ignoring that annoying upgrade notification in the bottom right corner of your screen now is a good time to click it and start the free upgrade process.
Microsoft states that Windows 8.1 will be supported until the normal life-cycle date of 2023, and Windows 10 even further into the future still. For complete list of the Windows 8 and 8.1 product lines and their support dates click this link from Microsoft.
As for Internet Explorer, Microsoft will continue to support IE11 for awhile longer as it still ships with Windows 8.1 and 10 Operating Systems, but Microsoft is heavily pushing it’s new browser “Edge” that was released with Windows 10 operating system.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding your end of support or upgrades of your Windows operating system or Internet Explorer browser please click on the Contact Link to email us or give us a call at On Site Services.