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FW:  Jan. 18, 2016

Upgrade now! Microsoft cuts off Windows 8’s security updates on January 12

Users must upgrade to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 to keep getting patches.

Jared Newman | @onejarednewman

PCWorld Jan 11, 2016 8:20 AM

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3020744/windows/upgrade-now-microsoft-cuts-off-windows-8s-security-updates-on-january-12.html

Windows 8 is about to get a lot less secure.

After January 12, Microsoft will stop offering security patches for the three-year-old operating system. Users will have to upgrade to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 to keep receiving updates.

As Ed Bott notes over at ZDNet, Windows 8 is an exception to Microsoft’s typical support lifecycle policy, which provides 10 years of security fixes after the initial launch date. That’s because Microsoft considers Windows 8.1—a meaty update released nearly one year after Windows 8—to be a service pack, rather than an entirely new OS. Microsoft only guarantees two years of security patches for users who don’t update to the latest service pack.

Granted, Windows 8.1 is a major improvement over Windows 8, sanding down many of the initial release’s rough edges. It feels more substantial than a service pack, but shouldn’t introduce any major compatibility issues coming from Windows 8, so it’s hard to think of any good reasons for end users not to upgrade. (There’s also the option of upgrading to Windows 10 for free, at least until this fall.)

Still, metrics firms NetMarketShare and StatCounter both show that Windows 8 accounts for nearly 3 percent of desktop Internet usage. At least that’s not as high as Windows XP, which stopped getting security updates in April 2014 and still accounts for around a tenth of desktop Internet usage.

The impact on you at home: The end of Windows 8 support is most likely to affect enterprises who’ve delayed upgrading, and end users who’ve had problems installing Windows 8.1. If you’ve put off the upgrade for whatever reason, now’s the time to back up your files and make the jump.

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theunhivedmind

January 12, 2016 at 6:21 am

My advice would be to either upgrade to the superior Windows 8.1 or drop Microsoft completely and opt for a Linux distribution but never under any circumstance waste your time upgrading to Windows 10. If you want to look at some Linux distributions that are worthwhile then here’s a list;

Voyager Linux

Deepin

ZorinOS

ChaletOS

Linux Mint

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