Microsoft has back-pedalled slightly on its surprising policy of killing off patches for Windows 8.1 users who haven’t moved to Windows 8.1 Update. While it originally said that change would happen after this week’s Patch Tuesday update for end users, it has now extended support for 8.1 for another month.
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Microsoft announced the switch in a post on its Windows Experience blog:
While we believe the majority of people have received the update, we recognize that not all have. Having our customers running their devices with the latest updates is super important to us. And we’re committed to helping ensure their safety. As a result, we’ve decided to extend the requirement for our consumer customers to update their devices to the Windows 8.1 Update in order to receive security updates another 30 days to June 10th.
So that means Windows 8.1 won’t die for another month (a concession that had already been offered to enterprise customers), but it will die. After that date, patches will only be offered for Windows 8.1 Update and (this remains odd) Windows 8.
Windows 8.1 Update Requirement Extended [Windows Experience Blog]