Today, Microsoft announced the official end of the mainstream support for Windows 8.1 operating system, extended support extended support phase.
This means that Win8.1 will not get regular feature / security updates in the future and will only get Microsoft patches in the face of critical and major BUGs.
It is reported that extended support will continue until January 10, 2023.
Currently, on the "Assistive Technology" page, Windows 7 / 8.1 users are still free to upgrade to Windows 10, the event lasted until January 16. Taking into account the CPU vulnerability fix Win7 / 8.1 obvious negative optimization, it is recommended that everyone can ascend it.
Finally, incidentally, the extended support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020.
Data show that Windows 8.1 released in October 2013, cut off the boot disk on Win8 has been criticized and return to the desktop form. Compare Win7, its compatibility is better, boot faster, compared to Win10, there is no variety of automatic updates, in essence, a generation of classic.
As of December this year, about 10% of users in the Windows system, which is about 100 million.