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October 16, 2013 8:43:26 AM

At least Windows and Apple support their operating system for many years across devices both on desktop/laptop and mobile platform.

Support of OS for bug and security fixes plus new features is such an underrated consideration for device purchasing.
October 16, 2013 8:43:39 AM

Sorry M$, but since you are forcing the update from 8 to 8.1 it should be free : You created a bad (unwanted) OS and instead of patching it you got a new version out.
In the end, this is one of the cause of piracy.
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October 16, 2013 8:50:55 AM

dextermat: It IS free for Windows 8 users...
October 16, 2013 8:51:35 AM

Windows 8.1 is free to anyone running Windows 8.
October 16, 2013 8:56:52 AM

It's just a routine SP update. It makes sense like every other we've seen in the past (major security and other funtionality updates).

That headline does make you want to read further though. Ha!
October 16, 2013 9:00:33 AM

dextermat said:
Sorry M$, but since you are forcing the update from 8 to 8.1 it should be free : You created a bad (unwanted) OS and instead of patching it you got a new version out.
In the end, this is one of the cause of piracy.


Actually, as has been said, it is free if you own Windows 8.

This is kind of a non-issue... It's like saying "MS no longer supports Windows 7 without a service pack." Ok, that's fine - just get the service pack. If you buy Windows 8, Windows 8.1 is a free update... So Windows 8 support won't matter, since you'll just update to 8.1 and have that updated.

Windows 8.1 is a fancy way of saying "Windows 8 with the first service pack."
October 16, 2013 9:03:20 AM

Why not just flag 8.1 as a Service Pack update and have push through Windows Update?
October 16, 2013 9:04:56 AM

dextermat said:
Sorry M$, but since you are forcing the update from 8 to 8.1 it should be free : You created a bad (unwanted) OS and instead of patching it you got a new version out.
In the end, this is one of the cause of piracy.



come on now, you cant tell me you've been living under rock..... :heink: 

It's been a well known thing for months now that 8.1 will be free to those running 8.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038718/microsoft-confir...
October 16, 2013 9:06:32 AM

velocityg4 said:
Why not just flag 8.1 as a Service Pack update and have push through Windows Update?


Meh, it's MS trying to rebrand itself. I think they took a cue from Android on this whole scheme... Rather than release each individual incremental update as some service pack that most people don't even realize is happening, make a big deal out of each semi-major update and make it sound like it's some whole new version - when in reality, it's just a few small'ish feature changes and security updates. Windows 8.1 is to Windows 8 what Android 4.1 is to 4... Neither is insignificant, but they are both about the same type of leap we saw between Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 - just, that didn't have the fanfare of these new OS updates.
October 16, 2013 9:11:39 AM

Again Tom's is making misleading article titles. Whoever is the lead editor must have a real bone to pick with Microsoft letting these purposefully misleading title get through...
October 16, 2013 9:14:10 AM

The title is kind of misleading, since it implied to me that support for all Windows 8 is ending in 2 years, since 8.1 is just an update for Windows 8.
October 16, 2013 9:18:42 AM

Next we'll have people on here complaining that MS is forcing them to have an internet connection in order to go to 8.1.
October 16, 2013 9:19:58 AM

rohitbaran said:
The title is kind of misleading, since it implied to me that support for all Windows 8 is ending in 2 years, since 8.1 is just an update for Windows 8.


The problem is, MS has openly invited this by rebranding Windows 8 with Windows 8.1, and that is pretty much squarely on them. They aren't going to be selling Windows 8 any more soon, they'll be selling Windows 8.1. That being the case, saying that Windows 8 support ends in two years is entirely accurate, and entirely within the rights of news sources.

If MS didn't want this to happen, they should have dubbed Windows 8.1 as a Windows 8 service pack. They're rebranding for marketing purposes and, well, here we are.
October 16, 2013 9:26:26 AM

People with Win8 should be upgrading to 8.1 anyway.
October 16, 2013 9:29:45 AM

stevejnb said:
rohitbaran said:
The title is kind of misleading, since it implied to me that support for all Windows 8 is ending in 2 years, since 8.1 is just an update for Windows 8.


The problem is, MS has openly invited this by rebranding Windows 8 with Windows 8.1, and that is pretty much squarely on them. They aren't going to be selling Windows 8 any more soon, they'll be selling Windows 8.1. That being the case, saying that Windows 8 support ends in two years is entirely accurate, and entirely within the rights of news sources.

If MS didn't want this to happen, they should have dubbed Windows 8.1 as a Windows 8 service pack. They're rebranding for marketing purposes and, well, here we are.


Perception is everything. In the spirit of rebranding a simple version update sounds a lot better than something with a service pack applied to it.
October 16, 2013 9:38:46 AM

Again Tom's is making misleading article titles. Whoever is the lead editor must have a real bone to pick with Microsoft letting these purposefully misleading title get through...
October 16, 2013 9:47:14 AM

8.1 is a free update to Windows 8 which came out barely a year ago and in two years because Windows 8 is crap. Windows 8's support will be history, Meanwhile, Windows XP will have barely been "dead" a year and a half. This speaks volumes to me about the longevity of Windows XP and the complete lack thereof for the *original* Windows 8.
October 16, 2013 9:50:33 AM

Great, just great, I can see what is going to happen. I'll update my Win8 to 8.1 and the entire thing will break. I can already see the BSOD's coming. I would like to upgrade when I *want* to, not be forced to.
October 16, 2013 9:58:35 AM

Caffeinecarl said:
8.1 is a free update to Windows 8 which came out barely a year ago and in two years because Windows 8 is crap. Windows 8's support will be history, Meanwhile, Windows XP will have barely been "dead" a year and a half. This speaks volumes to me about the longevity of Windows XP and the complete lack thereof for the *original* Windows 8.


Isn't Windows 8.x guaranteed support until 2023? And, you do realize that Windows 8.1 is basically the equivalent of Windows XP service pack 1?
October 16, 2013 9:58:36 AM

Caffeinecarl said:
8.1 is a free update to Windows 8 which came out barely a year ago and in two years because Windows 8 is crap. Windows 8's support will be history, Meanwhile, Windows XP will have barely been "dead" a year and a half. This speaks volumes to me about the longevity of Windows XP and the complete lack thereof for the *original* Windows 8.


Isn't Windows 8.x guaranteed support until 2023? And, you do realize that Windows 8.1 is basically the equivalent of Windows XP service pack 1?
October 16, 2013 10:07:39 AM

Caffeinecarl said:
8.1 is a free update to Windows 8 which came out barely a year ago and in two years because Windows 8 is crap. Windows 8's support will be history, Meanwhile, Windows XP will have barely been "dead" a year and a half. This speaks volumes to me about the longevity of Windows XP and the complete lack thereof for the *original* Windows 8.


Just some quick info for you, ok here we go firstly Windows 8.1 is a fancy name for Windows 8 SP1. Now you say that Windows 8 went away in one year yet XP is still going, well just to help your life a little I will give you a timeline. Windows XP was released in August of 2001 and guess when the first SP came out, September 2002, yes just a little over a year later sound familiar? That's not all though, Windows XP had a LOT of problems (people did not want to switch from Windows 2000 because of the changes) that were not fixed until the SP, again sound familiar? Not only that but Windows XP did not become what it is now until SP3, which was released in 2008! Yes, it took MS 7 years to make Windows XP the powerhouse it ended up being yet you complain about Windows 8, which works perfectly and is a good OS? You need to jump off the bandwagon and learn to see things for yourself, don't let what others say affect you so much and you will be smarter for it and not make stupid comments like the one you just did.
October 16, 2013 10:08:11 AM

I was shocked by the title but this really isn't a big deal.
October 16, 2013 10:33:04 AM

I have full license Windows 8 Enterprise version... I tried it and didn't like it... I went back to Windows 7 Ultimate version...

I will stick with Windows 7 for a while... or get Linux or MacOS
October 16, 2013 10:36:12 AM

Camikazi said:
Caffeinecarl said:
8.1 is a free update to Windows 8 which came out barely a year ago and in two years because Windows 8 is crap. Windows 8's support will be history, Meanwhile, Windows XP will have barely been "dead" a year and a half. This speaks volumes to me about the longevity of Windows XP and the complete lack thereof for the *original* Windows 8.


Just some quick info for you, ok here we go firstly Windows 8.1 is a fancy name for Windows 8 SP1. Now you say that Windows 8 went away in one year yet XP is still going, well just to help your life a little I will give you a timeline. Windows XP was released in August of 2001 and guess when the first SP came out, September 2002, yes just a little over a year later sound familiar? That's not all though, Windows XP had a LOT of problems (people did not want to switch from Windows 2000 because of the changes) that were not fixed until the SP, again sound familiar? Not only that but Windows XP did not become what it is now until SP3, which was released in 2008! Yes, it took MS 7 years to make Windows XP the powerhouse it ended up being yet you complain about Windows 8, which works perfectly and is a good OS? You need to jump off the bandwagon and learn to see things for yourself, don't let what others say affect you so much and you will be smarter for it and not make stupid comments like the one you just did.


I completly agree with you! People need to stop hating on win8 and actually give it a chance. I love the OS!
a b * Windows 8
October 16, 2013 11:04:04 AM

Except Windows 8.1 isn't exactly like W8. http://www.howtogeek.com/167610/8-features-microsoft-re...

No WEI or Windows backup feature. Whether or not these were useful features (i actually paid attention to WEI). If it's really a service pack then MS should have treated it like one. This doesn't really mean much of anything considering users are lousy with updating their systems. I guarantee you some will continue to use Windows 8 and not get the upgrade.
October 16, 2013 11:29:38 AM

So according to this.. "If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment," Microsoft reports. Then I'm already behind in my planning for the next release AFTER Win8.1 since they are on an 2 year limited support schedule now... Brilliant.
a b * Windows 8
October 16, 2013 11:47:57 AM

I understand pushing people off of XP, but seriously?

I still install windows 2003 on every computer I own, because it's the only one they didn't screw up with. It's faster then the newer versions, the UI is more intuitive and doesn't require hunting around and clicking multiple places to get the command you want, and it looks cleaner.
October 16, 2013 11:59:58 AM

"Windows 8 Support Will End in Two Years"

"Microsoft reports on its Support website that Windows 8.1 falls under the Windows 8 lifecycle policy, which ends on January 10, 2023. "

"Windows 8's mainstream support actually ends on January 9, 2018, followed by the extended support end date on January 10, 2023"


well that really clears things up.
October 16, 2013 12:07:48 PM

Windows 8.1 is free for anyone on 8 anyways, I've been using it for months and anyone on 8 should absolutely upgrade as soon as it's available. This should really bother no one seeing as it's free, but of course, it will.

October 16, 2013 12:13:09 PM

The title is misleading.
October 16, 2013 12:17:15 PM

They should have used the title "Windows 8 Support to End! Plus Naked Photos!"

Then even more people would have read the article.
October 16, 2013 12:29:37 PM

Where I work the Servers do not accept the Windows 7 or 8 security verification. Window 7 and 8 are also not compatible with our products due to security vulnerabilities and risk assessment. We have been slowly migrating from Windows XP to CentOS. It has been an issue in the past using Windows 7 at home. As far as the Office platform I think I will stick with Office 2003 until Windows leaves the ribbon.
October 16, 2013 12:34:33 PM

Pherule said:
Great, just great, I can see what is going to happen. I'll update my Win8 to 8.1 and the entire thing will break. I can already see the BSOD's coming. I would like to upgrade when I *want* to, not be forced to.


I wouldn't sweat it too much. You still have plenty of time before support runs out, and by then major kinks would have been reported and straightened out.
October 16, 2013 12:39:03 PM

you know, after a while of reading stupid biased articles I often stop going to the site. I've stopped reading at The Register because of that. I've been reading at Tom's Hardware for years, but that is not a guarantee if Tom's does not have high standards.

"Windows 8's mainstream support actually ends on January 9, 2018"

2018 is not two years from now. Get it right idiots.
October 16, 2013 12:42:51 PM

b23h said:
you know, after a while of reading stupid biased articles I often stop going to the site. I've stopped reading at The Register because of that. I've been reading at Tom's Hardware for years, but that is not a guarantee if Tom's does not have high standards.

"Windows 8's mainstream support actually ends on January 9, 2018"

2018 is not two years from now. Get it right idiots.


Dude, chill out. No need for name-calling. Besides, what sites you visit is entirely up to you.
Not cool. There are better ways to point out a mistake.
October 16, 2013 12:46:23 PM

house70 said:
b23h said:
you know, after a while of reading stupid biased articles I often stop going to the site. I've stopped reading at The Register because of that. I've been reading at Tom's Hardware for years, but that is not a guarantee if Tom's does not have high standards.

"Windows 8's mainstream support actually ends on January 9, 2018"

2018 is not two years from now. Get it right idiots.


Dude, chill out. No need for name-calling. Besides, what sites you visit is entirely up to you.
Not cool. There are better ways to point out a mistake.


No, there are no better ways to point out a mistake, and yes where I read is up to me. If Tom's is so sloppy or wants to have click bait articles where their title is contradicted by the article itself, then warning them that their stunt can have consequences is entirely appropriate.
October 16, 2013 2:59:30 PM

"Meh, it's MS trying to rebrand itself."

???? Really? How old are you? Do you remember Windows 98 SE or Windows ME?
October 16, 2013 4:27:08 PM

damianrobertjones said:
"Meh, it's MS trying to rebrand itself."

???? Really? How old are you? Do you remember Windows 98 SE or Windows ME?


Old enough to remember installing one of those OS's on a computer I built myself, and to recall a little HP laptop that still works to this day and runs Windows ME. Care to explain your comment beyond just making some crack about how old you speculate I might be? I really don't get the context in which you're dropping the names of those OS's.

October 16, 2013 4:57:11 PM

To all here that cannot read.
If you want to be included in the Windows 8 lifecycle you have two years starting this Friday 10/18/13 to leave Windows 8 and upgrade to 8.1.
THEREFORE the title is not misleading.
@flacoman3, @rohitbaran, @stevejnb, @Primenay13, @tolham, @coolitic, @ubercake, @b23h
October 16, 2013 8:31:41 PM

rwinches said:
To all here that cannot read.
If you want to be included in the Windows 8 lifecycle you have two years starting this Friday 10/18/13 to leave Windows 8 and upgrade to 8.1.
THEREFORE the title is not misleading.
@flacoman3, @rohitbaran, @stevejnb, @Primenay13, @tolham, @coolitic, @ubercake, @b23h


"That being the case, saying that Windows 8 support ends in two years is entirely accurate, and entirely within the rights of news sources."

Take me off that list and add yourself as one of the people who "cannot read"... Perhaps a bit more thought before you get all excited typing on the big boy keyboard, eh?
October 16, 2013 10:47:12 PM

Who would want metro crap on their servers or workstation machines? Windows Server 2003 - last usable version of server edition from MS, slowly but in time we migrated to Debian(the less surprises from RedHat the better) for servers. So no MS, we didn't late, you can end W8.x support whenever you want ;) 
As for Desktops, who really cares? Where i work most of the machines are Linux, tons of XP and a very few 7. And if some PC is upgraded anyone in the company makes it Linux. Still have WS 2003 virtualized because of those XP and a few programs(that don't run on W7 and Linux but thankfully only very dozen of people needs them) but in a year or two it will be only Linux everywhere but a few laptops with W7 and WS2003 for legacy programs made on order(hopefully it will change in the future).
2xCPU workstations migrated to Linux very fast, XP was a joke there and W7 just a bit better, Linux makes them fly and utilize all power and not 60-70% or 80 on a small work.

But Desktops doesn't matter much, servers do. Who really migrated to W8 for servers, are there any people who did it and why?
October 17, 2013 1:24:54 AM

Not an issue for me as I have been open source for 13 years now. For the person who wants to update when they want, not when they are told to, avoiding the update will surely leave them open to all sorts of security issues?
October 17, 2013 8:37:08 AM

Oh shit!! what will happen now?
October 18, 2013 3:29:43 AM

Oh no @stevejnb
You are on the list for saying it's just like a service pack which it is not as you are 'forced'
to update to 8.1 to be included in the lifecycle, and for thinking the comment section is your personal blog.
October 20, 2013 3:24:36 PM

8.1 isn't great, but is an improvement over 8, and free to users of 8. I doubt that it will take anyone more than two months to upgrade, unless they have set their Windows 8 PCs aside and don't use them any more.
October 20, 2013 3:48:22 PM

Listen I am not a techy person. But I did buy a new prebuilt ASUS computer at Frys about a year ago. It had a basic Windows 8 OS installed on it. I didn't get a Windows OS key, or a CD for the OS. In fact there was nothing anywhere in any of my documentaion for the Windows OS key. It is blanked out on the PC information in my computer with only the last 4 digits showing. This really pisses me off. I cannot upgrade to the 8.1 because every time I do it asks for a Key WHICH I DON"T HAVE. Thanks alot for nothing Microsoft. You have now made one consumer very pissed off. Why in the hell wouldn't you just make this a patch to fix it for us non techy people? Well one thing is for certain, I have a son who said he would install a unix based OS on my machine for me and I think I am going to take him up on that. Microsoft is trying to force consumers to buy their products and its disgusting behavior.
October 20, 2013 6:05:32 PM

Cat2013 said:
Listen I am not a techy person. But I did buy a new prebuilt ASUS computer at Frys about a year ago. It had a basic Windows 8 OS installed on it. I didn't get a Windows OS key, or a CD for the OS. In fact there was nothing anywhere in any of my documentaion for the Windows OS key. It is blanked out on the PC information in my computer with only the last 4 digits showing. This really pisses me off. I cannot upgrade to the 8.1 because every time I do it asks for a Key WHICH I DON"T HAVE. Thanks alot for nothing Microsoft. You have now made one consumer very pissed off. Why in the hell wouldn't you just make this a patch to fix it for us non techy people? Well one thing is for certain, I have a son who said he would install a unix based OS on my machine for me and I think I am going to take him up on that. Microsoft is trying to force consumers to buy their products and its disgusting behavior.


I didn't have a Windows key on my Windows 8 laptop either, but when I upgraded to 8.1, the install procedure recognized my license was from an OEM and sent an e-mail containing a code to the 'Live' account I used as an admin user on the Windows 8 laptop.

I got the code from the e-mail message, plugged in the code during the 8.1 upgrade and was good to go. No problem.
October 21, 2013 11:41:25 AM

Quote:
Why not just flag 8.1 as a Service Pack update and have push through Windows Update?

The reason it is not a service pack is because 8 was a failed OS in and of itself, not unlike Vista and labeling it as a new OS Microsoft can put some distance between itself and their zealous crapware that they are known to release.

The one I always asked about is why they are releasing 8 for servers? That is like trading AutoCAD for Google SketchUp.
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