Windows 8.1 was one of my favorite editions of the popular operating system, especially since it struck the perfect balance between the old Windows interface and the tiled user interface that Microsoft was going for at the time. Windows 8.1 provided a stable experience after the mess of Windows 8.
However, now that Windows 10 and Windows 11 are much more stable, popular, and feature packed, the end of Windows 8.1 is near. Microsoft has announced that it will end technical support for Windows 8.1 in January 2023, in approximately 7 months. Support for Windows 8 was also discontinued in January 2016.
After January 10, 2023, Windows 8.1 users will no longer receive recurrence updates, which means those users will need to upgrade to newer versions of Windows to continue using the operating system safely.
Microsoft has also posted a list of FAQs on its website answering various questions people may have about the change, including what happens if you continue to use Windows 8.1 after January 2023.
Note that Windows 8.1 will not stop working after January 2023. However, without security updates, your Windows 8.1 desktop or laptop could be vulnerable to various risks and attacks through the web or local wired and wireless connections.
Apps such as Microsoft 365 will no longer support Windows 8.1 PCs after January 10, as they follow Microsoft’s modern lifecycle policy which encourages users to stay up to date with the latest secure software.