Windows 8.1 Just Lost All Support. Here’s What You Need to Know

Windows 8.1 Just Lost All Support. Here’s What You Need to Know

As operating systems become outdated, systems are open to cyberattacks. This problem is shared by both large and small companies, as they may be running customized software that won’t work on newer versions of the OS. Windows 8.1 is the latest operating system to lose all support, which means it is no longer supported by Microsoft. This end of life status puts the system at risk of security breaches, as it will no longer receive security patches or updates. Continuing to use Windows 8.1 may increase the risk of exposure to security risks and impact the ability to meet compliance obligations. Businesses have two options for upgrading to a new operating system, Windows 10 or 11. However, if the computer is running such an old OS, there is a chance the system may not meet the requirements for one or both, and a new device may need to be purchased. Failure to upgrade can cause data security risks, productivity slowdowns, and incompatibility with newer tools. It’s important to upgrade to a new operating system to maintain data security, improve productivity, and stay competitive.