InfoSec | This is not a test/typo: Support for Windows 8.1 Ends in a month!

It hasn’t really been reported much, but just after Microsoft sort of stopped releasing patches for Windows XP last month, we now have to get going on the next phase-out: Windows 8.1!

[In a first version of this diary, I stated that support ends tomorrow. As a reader points out in a comment, Microsoft announced earlier today that it extended the deadline by a month] [5]

As Microsoft wraps it in beautiful marketing speak:

"Since Microsoft wants to ensure that customers benefit from the best support and servicing experience and to coordinate and simplify servicing across both Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 RT and Windows 8.1, this update will be considered a new servicing/support baseline… beginning with the May Patch Tuesday, Windows 8.1 user’s devices without the update installed will no longer receive security updates." [1]

To make things a bit more interesting, there are 3 different versions of what people commonly refer to as "Windows 8":

"Windows 8" , "Windows 8.1" and "Windows 8.1 Update".

via InfoSec Handlers Diary Blog – This is not a test/typo: Support for Windows 8.1 Ends in a month!.


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