Windows 8.1 Support Ends TODAY

Today marks the day that Windows 8.1 will reach its end of support. That means that the product will no longer receive security updates, non-security updates, bug fixes, technical support, or online technical content updates. Businesses and individuals around the world will be exposed to a significantly bigger attack surface and increased risk from using an unsupported operating system from Microsoft.

Antonio Sanchez, cybersecurity product marketing principal at cybersecurity software and services provider Fortra says:

“As of January 10th, any organization that still has Windows 8.1 running in their environment is accepting the additional risk of being breached. This is because Microsoft will no longer be creating security updates for 8.1 for any new vulnerabilities. And if your strategy is to hope there are no new vulnerabilities discovered here is something to keep in mind: Windows 7 had almost 1,000 new vulnerabilities after its end of life.”

My advice would be that if you have not already migrated to Windows 10 or Windows 11, you should do so immediately as there’s very little good reason to be running anything earlier than Windows 10 in 2023.

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