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Say Goodbye to Windows 8.0?

As of tomorrow, January 12, Windows 8.0 support comes to a close. Those who exam the Windows Product Lifecycle table might be inclined to think they have longer, based on this snapshot from that resource:

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Dude! Table sez “Mainstream Support End Date is 1/9/2018?!?

There is, however, some applicable “fine print” that actually supersedes the date information shown in the table. The Windows 8.1 Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ includes this unambiguous counter-claim in its first paragraph: “With the General Availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 have 2 years, until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 in order to remain supported.” As you can see from the “Notes” field in the Windows 8 entries above, MS is pretty clear about warning users on the need to move onto Windows 8.1 by 1/12/2016.

Yep, that’s tomorrow, as Paul Thurrott stated in the recent article that reminded me of this little gotcha. What surprised me most in his story is that “over 41 million people [are] still using Windows 8.0 for some reason, as it’s installed on about 2.75 percent of all PCs currently in use” (based on stats from a familiar source: NetMarketShare.com). Thus, those who haven’t moved some of their users from 8.0 to 8.1 (or 10) should probably get going on that process, so as to minimize the window during which support is absent and security risks escalated thereby. Time to get a move on!

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Just to be clear, missing the mark on our initial storage calculations did not jeopardize the ultimate success of our VDI deployment at Foley & Lardner LLP. We certainly had to make the necessary adjustments to right size our storage and server cluster hardware as moved farther into our deployment, but it has been a good move for us and VMware has been with us every step of the way. We now have over 1700 desktops virtualized and our move to VDI has positioned our firm to securely embrace BYOD in a big way, which has been another huge benefit for us. Despite some of the early adopter pains we experienced early on in our VDI deployment, we’ve now been enjoying all of the gains and benefits that come along with VDI. In fact, the combination of VDI and BYOD are now saving our firm upwards of a half million dollars annually. That’s a huge success in my book.

Rick Varju
Director Of Engineering & Operations
Foley & Lardner LLP
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