Windows 8 end of mainstream support

With this year already moving on at a rapid pace it will not be long before we hit the next marker in the Microsoft life cycle.  On 9th January 2018 Windows 8 reaches the end of mainstream support, there will be extended support available until 10th January 2023 (although this may be subject to change by Microsoft)

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. Consequently without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates. These 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.

Mainstream Support:

Microsoft will offer mainstream support for a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product’s general availability. As a result, if you buy a new version of Windows and five years later another version is released, you will still have two years of support left for the previous version

Extended Support:

Microsoft will offer extended support. This is usually a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product’s general availability.

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