Mar 19, 2014

How long will Microsoft support Windows 8?

When will Microsoft support for Windows 8 end? I’m wondering if we will see Windows 8 become the next Windows XP, used long after its “sell by date” simply because it is the version of Windows that many will replace XP with due to the end of XP support. 


"Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle.

End of support

End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Windows 8: End of mainstream support is January 9, 2018
End of extended support is January 10, 2023"

According to Microsoft, mainstream support ends January 9, 2018 and extended support ends on January 10, 2023. I hadn’t thought of the possibility that just by an accident of timing, Windows 8 could be the next XP. That would be an interesting twist.



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