The Push For Windows 10 Continues!
Today, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8, as well as older versions of its Internet Explorer web browser, IE 8, IE 9, and IE 10. 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.
This development means that users still using Windows 8 and older are potentially exposed to malware, if they choose not to upgrade, Microsoft warns. This means Windows 8 users will need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, in order to continue to protect their PC from security risks. Windows 8.1 upgraders will receive support until Jan. 10, 2023, and Windows 10 upgraders will have support until Oct. 14, 2025 after they move to the new OS version.
According to some sources, Windows 8 is still running on 2-3 percent of PCs, or 30-40 million devices. By forcing customers’ hands by ending support for older versions, Microsoft is encouraging those users to finally ditch their outdated software
Microsoft has been heavily pushing its newer OS Windows 10, and said recently that the operating system is now running on over 200 million devices. However, the company’s larger goal is to increase that figure to over a billion in a few years’ time. In part, getting there will require overcoming users’ inertia – and enterprise’s reluctance – to move to a new version of an OS.