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Microsoft is ending support for vanilla Windows 8(.0) today instead of letting users hang on for longer. So you'll need to upgrade to 8.1 or downgrade to 7 (NASDAQ:MSFT)
By: Jeff Williams | Operating Systems News | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago
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Usually OS's get supported for at least 10 years from the date their released, and sometimes even longer if certain sectors take a unique liking to them. But in the case of vanilla Windows 8, support and security updates ends today, January 12th 2016. So upgrade unless you want to be vulnerable.
source http://www.tweaktown.com/news/49606/windows-8-support-ends-upgrade-left-dust/index.html
 

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Microsoft is ending support for vanilla Windows 8(.0) today instead of letting users hang on for longer. So you'll need to upgrade to 8.1 or downgrade to 7 (NASDAQ:MSFT)
By: Jeff Williams | Operating Systems News | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago
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Usually OS's get supported for at least 10
years from the date their released, and sometimes even longer if certain sectors take a unique liking to them. But in the case of vanilla Windows 8, support and security updates ends today, January 12th 2016. So upgrade unless you want to be vulnerable.

source http://www.tweaktown.com/news/49606/windows-8-support-ends-upgrade-left-dust/index.html
Well yeah but 8.0 and 8.1 are hardly different OS's. 8.1 is essentially just 8 with an service pack. I don't see anyone wanting to use Windows 7 without SP1 either.
 

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There is no reason to not upgrade to at least Windows 8.1.

Complaining about Microsoft dropping support for 8 is like complaining about Microsoft dropping support for Windows 7 without SP1 since the .1 is technically a service pack. Not a whole new OS.
 
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