Whitwick & District U3A - Computing tip June 2014
The world of Windows 8 has become a little more complicated with the introduction of Windows 8.1, Update 1, and Microsoft's policy on security and other updates.
As has been stated many times and in many places, it is important to keep up to date with the various updates issued for Windows by Microsoft, and hence understanding what is happening to the various versions is important.
If you are a user of Windows 8, then for the time being you will get updates as normal. However, in about 2 years' time these will cease and you will need to have moved to Windows 8.1. From this point Microsoft consider their support to the Windows 8 family is confined to those who have changed to 8.1.
If you are a Windows 8.1 user, then it is essential that Update 1 is in place, otherwise you will not get any other updates after May 2014. If, as is the case for most people, you are using Automatic Updates then this update will have been installed for you. If you manage updates on your computer manually, and haven't installed the Windows 8.1 Update prior to May 13th 2014, then you will only see the option to install the Windows 8.1 Update in Windows Update. No new updates will be visible to you until the Windows 8.1 Update is installed.
The lifecycle of Windows 8.1 will remain under the same lifecycle policy as Windows 8 with support ending 1/10/2023.
Windows 8.1, especially with Update 1, provides an experience more akin to what users have experienced with previous versions of Windows, with the return of a (sort of) Start button, and going direct to the desktop if you are not using a touch device.
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