Are you still holding on to Windows 8 ignoring the promptings from Microsoft to update your OS to Windows 10? You are not alone, millions of Microsoft users across the globe are still using Windows 8 despite the free upgrade that they have been offered by the company because of the suspicions that people have with regard to areas such as privacy issues, need to be connected to the internet and so on.
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Microsoft has announced that it will be officially stopping support to Windows 8 and for Internet Explorer 8,9 and 10. This is likely to leave those millions of users in a quandary. The company is just more than keen on moving users to its new OS, Windows 10. This has raised further suspicions about the company’s motive behind this forced switch to their new OS.
Users could, however, continue to use their old browsers. However, the problem is that such users will be subjected to serious security threats and the unsupported browser will become a haven for hackers. You will be making yourself vulnerable to security threats. Not many users will be ready place themselves in this insecure spot and be more than willing to go for an update.
Without the updates, you are likely to end up with malicious software in your computer as Microsoft will stop supplying with the required security patches that will keep your PC or your laptop protected.
The company has decided to end the support to Windows 8 because it is now keen on channeling its energy and resources to supporting the latest versions of Windows. Why does the company keep coming up with new versions of Windows? This is the only way Microsoft could remain in business. If they are not upgrading their OS, they are not giving any reasons for its customers to buy their products. This is just a ploy that is meant to increase the frequency of purchase, lest Microsoft will be complacent with the existing version of the OS and sit with it for another ten years. This reduces the market share of the company drastically as it will then be limiting its marketing interests only with the new customers.
There are two ways to go about this upgrade issue. One is that you upgrade your Windows 8 PC to Windows 8.1. However, the support for Windows 8.1 will continue only until Jan 2018 after which you will be forced to look for another update. If you do not want to do that, you could directly upgrade your PC to Windows 10 if your PC is eligible to receive such an upgrade and extend the support.
For Windows 8.1 users, Windows 10 upgrade is available free of cost until end of July. Sooner or later Microsoft is planning to move everyone to Windows 10. It is high time that you started thinking about the switch when it is still free so that you do not burn a hole in your wallet when you are left with no other option but to purchase the latest version of the Windows OS.