As you may already know, Microsoft ends extended support for Windows 8.1 in January 2023. The company recommends its users to upgrade to newer versions of the Windows family of operating systems now. In their opinion, a Windows 11 PC is the best thing you can get.
A new support document contains company's recommendations, and explains what will happen to Windows 8.1 in a couple of months.
Microsoft will not be offering an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1. Continuing to use Windows 8.1 after January 10, 2023 may increase an organization’s exposure to security risks or impact its ability to meet compliance obligations.
On the software side, Microsoft's own products including Office 365 and the Store app will stop working.
The Redmond software giant claims that Windows 11 is better than Windows 8.1 in many areas. It is designed with security on the first place, and offers end-to-end protection that covers antivirus, firewall, internet safety and so on.
The document also includes a recommendation to buy a new PC. Microsoft points that Windows 8.1 devices are now roughly 10 years old. When you move to a new PC, many aspects of Windows will feel familiar, but at the same time there will be important software and hardware innovations and features that weren't available ten years ago. Also, don't forget about TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot/UEFI requirements which are mandatory for Windows 11.
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