Windows 8.1

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Windows 8.1
Part of the [[Microsoft Windows]] family
Windows 8 logo and wordmark.svg
Default Windows 8.1 start screen.
Stable release6.3.9600 (April 8, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-04-08)[1])[source?]
Source model
LicenseTrialware, Microsoft Software Assurance, MSDN subscription, Microsoft Imagine
Kernel typeHybrid
Update methodWindows Update, Windows Store, Windows Server Update Services
Platform supportIA-32, x64
Preceded byWindows 8 (2012)
Succeeded byWindows 10 (2015)
Support status
All editions except Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry:
  • Mainstream support ended on January 9, 2018
  • Extended support until January 10, 2023
  • With the exception of Windows Embedded 8 Standard users, upgrading to a compatible edition of Windows 8.1 is required for all Windows 8 users to receive updates and support after January 12, 2016[2]

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry:
  • Mainstream support ended on July 10, 2018[3]
  • Extended support until July 11, 2023[3]

Windows 8.1 is a version of Windows and the second and last version of Windows 8.x. It was released on October 17, 2013, the same date as Windows Server 2012 R2. It is part of Windows NT 6.x, Windows 8.x, and one of the Windows 201x versions. It is the successor to Windows 8, and the predecessor to Windows 10. It is also a free update of the operating systems Windows 7 (under certain conditions) and Windows 8.

Features[change | change source]

The important new features are:

References[change | change source]

  1. "Why I love today's Windows 8.1 Update". Windows Experience Blog. April 8, 2014.
  2. "Microsoft Support Lifecycle, Windows 8". Microsoft. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Product lifecycle Windows 8.1 Industry". Retrieved August 21, 2020.