January 12 is the deadline substantive support Windows 8 operating system, according to a post on the official Microsoft website. From this day the company moves to extended support: users can only receive critical patches and security updates.
Usually the life cycle of the OS from Microsoft is 10 years, but Windows 8 proved to be the exception to the rule. Windows 8 lasted a little more than three years. Apparently, termination of product support is due to weak demand from the consumer. The users of this OS are encouraged to switch to more fresh foods, such as Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.
The release of Windows 8 took place in autumn 2012 and was accompanied by a number of critical reviews. The main dissatisfaction of the users was the start screen with tiled Metro UI, optimized for touch, and in denial from the start menu and run Metro-apps only in expanded full-screen view. To save the situation, a year after the OS was released a major update, which got its own serial number — Windows 8.1.
According to the service NetMarketShare for December 2015, the share of Windows 8 in the global operating system market for personal computers is 2,76% against 10.3% in Windows 8.1. The leader is still Windows 7 with 55,68%. Windows 10 is almost 10% of the market.
“Actual” operating system Microsoft combines the features of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Until the end of July 2016, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for owners of computers based on Windows 7 and 8.1. Microsoft continues to intensify its efforts to promote “ten” among users and corporate clients. It is already known that the installation files of Windows 10 will automatically download to your computers via the update in the form of recommended system updates. In addition, Microsoft officials have repeatedly said that Windows 10 will be the last operating system the company, which in future will only improve.
Previously, Microsoft has named the date of the end of sales of PCs with preinstalled Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Users who wish to purchase computers based on these operating systems, you have to hurry and do it before 31 October 2016. This day was set by Microsoft as the final date of implementation machines on Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1.