Microsoft Gives Windows 8 Users Deadline to Update

On Monday, May 12th, Microsoft alerted users of Windows 8 that they have extended the deadline to migrate to Windows 8.1 Update to June 10th. This is the third deadline change in the past month, following a previous extension for business users.

(Via ComputerWorld): “We’ve decided to extend the requirement for our consumer customers to update their devices to the Windows 8.1 Update in order to receive security updates another 30 days to June 10,” said Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc in a Monday blog. “As noted previously, consumer customers who do not update their Windows 8.1 devices to the Windows 8.1 Update by this new deadline will no longer receive updates.”

Some users have reported having issues installing the Windows 8.1U update, and an enormous help thread has been established on the Microsoft support forums to help users with the migration.

It is important that all users of Windows 8 update before the deadline passes. Similar to the recent situation concerning the end of Windows XP, any users who do not update before the deadline will be left out of future patches for their operating system, possibly leaving users vulnerable to exploits and other security issues.

On Tuesday, May 13th, Microsoft issued eight security updates for Internet Explorer, various versions of Windows and Office. Four of the updates will apply to Windows 8.1. All users currently on Windows 8.1, including those who have already installed Win8.1U, will be able to retrieve and install these updates.

If you have any questions or concerns with migration and how to update you and your staff, do not hesitate to contact us at ZumaTech. We are here to help. You can also contact us and see our latest updates on our Twitter and Facebook page.

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