Earlier today, Microsoft rolled out the Enterprise Preview of Windows 8.1. With Windows 8.1 set to hit RTM in August, Microsoft has also revealed that Windows 8.1 will have the same lifecycle policy as Windows 8. Support for Windows 8.1 will end 1/10/2023.
“Windows 8 customers will have two years to move to Windows 8.1 after the General Availability of the Windows 8.1 update to continue to remain supported under Windows 8 lifecycle. With the availability of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview, it is time to start planning your deployment – and there are deployment tools and guidance available to help make these updates seamless for customers,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
Windows 8.1 will have the same lifecycle support policy as Windows 8, with support ending January 10th of 2023. Windows 8, which was released in October of 2012, will also see support ending January 10th of 2023.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will receive security updates until 2023, but non-security updates will end in 2018. Microsoft recommends that those on Windows 8, or even older versions of Windows, snag the newly released Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview and begin planning deployment.Further reading: Microsoft, Windows 8, Windows 8.1