Most recent update: April 10, 2018. Microsoft released the first major update, version 1511, in November 2015; the second feature update, version 1607 the Anniversary Update was released in summer 2016; versions 1703 and 1709 were released in April and October 2017, respectively. Consequently, it might be casually thought that Windows 8 had a lot more life to it, and that it hadn't even completed its first mainstream support phase. Nor do you need to update to each newer version, it's entirely up to you. For more than a decade, the support lifecycle for each new version of Windows or Office was 10 years, with mainstream support for five years and extended support for another five years.
Organizations had 24 months to move to a service pack and still have supported software, which allowed them to continue to receive security updates. That means the lifecycle calculations start when Windows 8 shipped, in 2012. But it's rapidly being supplanted by products like the Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel and Office 365 that follow the Modern Lifecycle Policy. A of Microsoft products have end-of-support dates in 2018. See our for more details. And that's where things become complicated.
Support for it and that in itself was an extension after it was originally meant to. I think they took a cue from Android on this whole scheme. Microsoft is just after a way of making more money. And, here's where this gets extra confusing, thanks in no small part to Microsoft. According to the , mainstream support for Windows 8 not 8. But without security updates, they will be more susceptible to hacks.
For details on what each support phase means and how end-of-support dates are calculated, see the end of this post. So, applying the age-old service pack policy and some logic, it's apparent that while the Product Lifecycle seems to suggest hard dates for Windows 8's mainstream and extended support deadlines, it is either incorrect, Microsoft has yet to figure it out themselves and update the page, or Windows 8 support does, in fact, end in 2015. You can defer installation of service packs by two years, but after that, you'll either have to upgrade or run the risk of not receiving updates. That is the Service Pack 1 for , Windows 8. We recommend you hold off until talking to your vendors or working with us to come up with a game plan. For those customers, the end-of-service date is pushed back an additional six months, which means the end date for Windows 10 version 1607 is October 9, 2018. It is time to upgrade — and quickly.
Based on that November date, readers of the lifecycle support page might have thought that Windows 8 would have exited extended support on Nov. But new versions also indicate the demise of the older ones. Today, Microsoft updates Windows 10 at least monthly, every four months and every eight months. But Microsoft changed its terms, leading to an early Windows 8 death. When you find the entry for a specific product, you can see the general availability date, the retirement dates for mainstream and extended support, and retirement dates for service packs.
The title is kind of misleading, since it implied to me that support for all Windows 8 is ending in 2 years, since 8. Microsoft has logic built into its updates to check before installing and if Update 1 is not found, new updates will just not be available to install. There is a flaw here as well. Its last update was April 2014, 3 years without a security update and platform update. If your with a business, How about office 2013 and 2016, you cant get those. In this guide, Ed Bott shows you which privacy settings help you create the right balance of privacy and convenience in Windows 10.
The official date of retirement for support is the second Tuesday in the first month of the quarter following that anniversary which also happens to be Patch Tuesday. How the fixed support lifecycle works For older versions of Windows and Office, Microsoft provides at least five years of mainstream support, followed by another five years of extended support. You need to jump off the bandwagon and learn to see things for yourself, don't let what others say affect you so much and you will be smarter for it and not make stupid comments like the one you just did. After today, those on Windows 8 will have to upgrade to either Windows 8. However, they have to read the note on the right where Microsoft explains that Windows 8 users have to move to Windows 8.
It's unclear if Update 2 ever did arrive or even if it existed at all. How about halting updates for newer chipsets on Windows 7 and 8. The next calendar quarter began in January 2015, and the second Tuesday of that month was Jan. Here's the rundown on commitments for currently supported client versions of Windows and Office, starting with the newest member of the family. In response to queries, no answers from Microsoft have arrived. Back when Windows 8 first came out,. The extended support only includes security updates for the next five years while support via telephone or chat is no longer free of cost.