Microsoft Stops Support for Windows 8, Wants Users to Upgrade

In a bid to boost Windows 10 updates, Microsoft today announced that it will be ending security updates and bug fixes to older versions. What it means is that older browsers, including IE – 8, 9, and 10 will stop receiving Microsoft’s technical support, something that can trigger a spate of hacking attacks.

End-users can still access the older browsers, however, without the technical support and expertise of Microsoft’s technical team, users will be vulnerable to attacks and malware. The company stated on its website that “upgrading and staying current is important”, an apparent reference to users to start upgrading to the latest versions of Microsoft.

Analysts are also seeing the move as a steady distancing of Microsoft from the Internet Explorer brand and embracing Microsoft Edge. While moving to a new version may not be a hassle for individual users, corporations may bear the brunt of the move, as upgrading en masse will take time and effort.

What Microsoft’s decision has done is, it has given users two choices – upgrade or stay vulnerable to malware and all other software viruses. Well, before starting to spread the word, your dear writer has already made the shift to Windows 10.

Abhishek Budholiya

Abhishek Budholiya is a tech blogger, digital marketing pro, and has contributed to numerous tech magazines. Currently, as a technology and digital branding consultant, he offers his analysis on the tech market research landscape. His forte is analysing the commercial viability of a new breakthrough, a trait you can see in his writing. When he is not ruminating about the tech world, he can be found playing table tennis or hanging out with his friends.