Microsoft Underscores Windows 8.1 Will Not Be Supported, Get Windows 8.1 Update If You Want Security Patches

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Riddle us this - what do Windows XP and Windows 8.1 have in common? They're both in Microsoft's rear view mirror, and come May 13, 2014, the latter will also no longer receive security updates. Scratching your head? Here's the thing -- Microsoft isn't abandoning its newest operating system, but it is forcing users to apply the latest update in order to keep receiving security patches.

"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," Microsoft explains in a blog post. "What this means is those users who have elected to install updates manually will have 30 days to install Windows 8.1 Update on Windows 8.1 devices; after this 30-day window - and beginning with the May Patch Tuesday, Windows 8.1 user's devices without the update installed will no longer receive security updates."

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There's nothing nefarious going on here, and though this requirement will prove an inconvenience for some -- namely, those who manually install updates at their leisure -- this is standard practice for Microsoft. The only thing that's different this time around is that Microsoft is calling these OS upgrades "Updates" instead of "Service Packs."

Where Microsoft deserves a bit of criticism here is in its timing. For one, companies are scrambling to restore order after Heartbleed was discovered. Secondly, some users are having trouble installing the latest update. It's an issue that Microsoft acknowledges and is working on, but for those who can't install the newest build, this announcement only adds insult to injury.
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StaticFX replied on Tue, Apr 15 2014 10:42 AM

well.. i guess now is as good a time as any! lol... downloading.

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Johnny3D replied on Tue, Apr 15 2014 11:03 AM

Your headline is biffed. :)

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OOs replied on Tue, Apr 15 2014 11:04 AM

Of course ! it's all relevant.

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Apr 15 2014 2:02 PM

Interestingly enough this has no effect at on on pure vanilla Windows 8 which will continue to get updates.

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RiCoFrost replied on Tue, Apr 15 2014 7:14 PM

What is this problem people are talking about?

I've updated about 10 systems without issues.

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What bs. I prefer to install updates manually. I hope they go out of business

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CraigRhudy replied on Tue, Apr 15 2014 11:38 PM

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Great timing by Microsoft. As an end user (ie private individual) I considered updating my XP to 8 and then 8.1. Of course, that was not possible due to hardware requirements. So if I have to upgrade my hardware to keep M$ happy, I guess I'll just upgrade it to Apple. Thank you very much.

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Microsoft has become a company that is GREAT at driving away customers. I'm so glad I spent the extra money on a Mac.

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