Windows 8 has officially being killed by Microsoft on January 12 along with IE versions 7, 8 and 9 being brought down. While users of Windows 8 have options of upgrading to Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, IE users have an option of upgrading to the EDGE browser or version 11. As of now, users of Windows Vista can continue using IE 9 version.
No one expected Microsoft to end its Windows 8 just 3 years within launch. 10 years of extended support is offered by the company. Microsoft gave a valid explanation to it stating that Windows 8.1 is a service pack for Windows 8. The last security patch update on the OS was received today. One might expect the OS to get at least 10 years of support, however, even though its release was seen in the year 2012, its life cycle proved to be shorter. The company states that users have a 2-year time frame for upgrading to the next service pack.
The fact that a good response wasn’t yielded by Windows 8 isn’t hidden anymore. Microsoft made many changes were made, but owing to its Modern UI and more focus on touch, the OS became difficult for traditional keyboard and mouse users. Having realized this mistake, Windows 8.1 was released in the year 2013. The update was compulsory for users of Windows 8. While the number of people using the OS is unclear, around 200 million copies were sold by the company.