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Microsoft has officially ended the support for Windows 8, according to its policy.

The extended support period expired on January 12, 2016, marking the end of the day the Windows OS maker stops sending security updates and hotfixes to this troubled operating system.

What this means is that any continued use of this OS will potentially harm your device since it is currently considered to be “Unsupported” by the company. Unless your organization has purchased “Custom support,” you should be thinking of getting to the new Windows 10 or at least Windows 8.1.

Probably, most organizations and consumers, just in case they ever migrated from Windows 7, had already moved over from Windows 8. Ever since its 2012 release, this OS never picked momentum with its mobile-oriented operating system.

Is it an early end to Windows 8?

While many had despised Windows 8, there are still some people who enjoyed the new experience this OS brought to their PCs. Now that Microsoft seems to be doing away with its “tradition” of providing support for its OS releases for up to 10 years by ending the support for Windows 8, it seems the company is in agreement with the majority, that releasing this operating system was in the first place a mistake.

Usually, Microsoft separates the 10-year support period into two phases: the first five-year period offers mainstream support while the second five-year period offers extended support. Windows 8 was not even done with the first period. The company has an explanation to this, but for sure, you don’t want to read it.

Microsoft pushing for more Windows 10 upgrades

With the company discontinuing support for Windows 8, users will be expected to migrate to the later version of Windows 8.1 or the newly launched Windows 10. Recently, the company announced that it wants to add more and more numbers to the current hundreds of millions already using the new Windows 10 OS.

When Microsoft unveiled the updated Windows 8.1, rumors started surfacing pointing towards the release of a newer Windows 8.1 Update 2, but this did not materialize. Instead, the company shifted the nomenclature and moved to Windows 10, an OS that is currently receiving updates on a monthly basis.

Windows 10 was unveiled in mid-2015 and according to its policy, its first period of mainstream support ends on October 13, 2020 while the extended support stretches to October 14, 2025.