Microsoft has announced that it is ending support for Windows 8 and it wants users of the software to upgrade to Window 8.1 or Windows 10.
Microsoft will release the last batch of security updates for Windows 8 today, after that the OS will no longer receive any future updates.
Unlike service packs that are typically just a collection of fixes, Windows 8.1 has new features and enhancements. We designed Windows 8.1 to give customers an ability to deploy this update in a manner that is similar to how customers deploy service packs, therefore we are applying the existing service pack support policy to Windows 8.1.
[For] Windows 8, support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first. If you are using software without the latest service pack you won’t be offered any new security or non-security updates, although preexisting updates will continue to be offered.
If you are running Windows 8 on your PC it would be a good idea to upgrade to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.