Microsoft to drop support for Windows 8.1
Microsoft has confirmed that support for the original Windows 8.1 software will be discontinued in favor of the more recently released Windows 8.1 Update. They will be treating the Update version as it's own service and support baseline, and users who wish to continue to receive security patches will have to migrate to Windows 8.1 Update.
If you opted to manually download and install updates in the original Windows 8.1 software, you'll have 30 days in which to install the Update version. After those 30 days are over, any newly-downloaded updates will be marked as not applicable for your device.
The source link has a full list of related tech bulletins and articles for those who want to dig a little deeper into the "why this was done" question. For the rest of us, just know that it's time to install Windows 8.1 Update if we want to continue to participate in Patch Tuesday.
Source: TechNet Blog (opens in new tab); Via: Infoworld
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By Jez Corden
Good! Most of the time IT depts have to deal with the slack from older systems anyway! (based on experience and based on most of my friends in IT fields). This is a great move for everyone.
Windows 8.1 is still a relativity new update. ending support for users of this new update if they didn't wish to switch isn't quite pleasing for any customers.
+1.... that's exactly why XP and older versions of IE stuck around too long. This is great news especially for developers and the company, to allow greater innovation.
Should say "Windows 8.1 Update is a mandatory update." (which was reported a while ago) They are not dropping SUPPORT for it.
Bought the original Windows 8, then became Upgrade 8.1 and now Upgrade 8.1.1.
Never been a fan of Windows Upgrades as I always did a fresh Full installation.
Now have problems with with relentless disk activity which we not there before.
If you add Media Center to the mix, you would technically have upgraded Windows three times since 8 lauched