The only difference here is that Microsoft is shortening their lifecycle policy from a 24-month timeframe to a shorter one before ending support of a superseded operating system RTM or SP. The article states that MS confirmed this. As to when MS announced it originally the article does not state or if it's in the original EULA or other literature. All I can say is that it will be 8 months from 8.1 release to the 8.1.U1 deadline rather than the 2 years. Some may assume that I agree with all that MS does. In this particular case I do not. They should have announced it a lot sooner or delay the deadline for a longer time. I would think at least a year.
Big changes within MS restructuring, business plan, policies, OSs, and the likes. Perhaps difficult for some to keep up with the changes.
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Businesses do their own thing -- have always done ever since the first humans conceived of the idea of a "business" amd will continue to do so until the last human is gone from this planet.
All Ms guarantee is that when you buy a computer it's fit for purpose at the time of salle --they aren't even required to give updates free -- fortunately they do (unlike that well known Fruit Company).
What people should REALLY be moaning over is not the fact that you should upgrade (people didn't complain when Service packs were released - and this is actually equivalent to a service pack in spite of some changes to the kernel) but that it seems nigh on impossible unless you are an Msdn or one of a dwindling number of Technet subscribers w to get an ISO so you can install the whole thing cleanly from scratch.
It shows the sense of enterprises staying with W7 (or upgrading XP ==> W7) as they certainly don't want to keep installing / upgrading computers. However the whole mess is down to the origfinal release of W8 - badly conceived and executed). W8.1 update 1 is trying to clear up the mess - and everybody is hoping W9 will be what a proper OS should be.
Even Linux distros are keeping reasonable times between updates -- OPENSUSE, DEBIAN and even MINTR now are going for waht is called LTS (Long term support). This means you don't have to upgrade every few months if you don't want to --hobbyists always want the latest developmentr releases so those will still exist of course.
Businesses need decent times between updates. I think we need to reconize that Ms in fixing W8.1 is effectively "Cleaning out the Augean Stables" this time.
(Here's a little Classical education for some. ) !!
Hercules' Fifth Labor: the Augean Stables
Lets hope they don't make any more major hose ups.