Microsoft’s push towards Windows 10 continues. Today, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8, as well as old versions of Internet explorer. For end users, that doesn’t mean the software instantly becomes non-functional, but that it will longer be updated with bug fixes or other security patches. That could potentially expose a good portion of online users to malware, if they choose not to upgrade, Microsoft warns.
Microsoft on Tuesday officially killed its windows 8 operating system, only three years after its launch. Microsoft advice windows 8 users to upgrade to its free service pack windows 8.1 or windows 10.
Users can switch to IE 11, which will continue to have technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10, or simply use Microsoft Edge, the company’s new browser line, in Windows 10. Edge is a streamlined web browser with access to Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri, annotation tools, and other new features.
Support for Windows 8 will also end on Tuesday, and users are encouraged to switch to a new operating system for security reasons. Windows 8.1 will receive support until January 10, 2023, and Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.
These end in support for the older versions of IE and Microsoft 8 is a part of Microsoft’s drive to encourage more users to switch to Windows 10. 200 million users are already using the new OS, and the eventual goal is for that number to reach 1 billion in two to three years times.
Microsoft suggests that users who want to remain on Internet Explorer immediately move to the new version, Internet Explorer 11, which offers better security, improved performance, better backward compatibility, and support for web standards. This version of the web browser will continue to receive fixes and security patches, as well as technical support on several versions of Windows, including Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.Windows 8 is still running on 2-3 percent of PCs, or 30-40 million devices.