Microsoft urges millions of Windows users to check their PCs today

Anyone using an older version of Windows would be wise to check their PCs and make some urgent changes this week. The warning, which has been issued by Microsoft, is due to the impending end of support for Windows 8.1 which will no longer get any security updates or patches after January 10 2023.

Those still running this software could find themselves in danger of cyber attacks and unwanted bugs as Microsoft isn’t going to be pushing out any upgrades after next week’s deadline. Although Windows 8.1 was released all the way back in 2013 it’s still being used by a surprisingly vast number of people across the world.

According to the team at Statcounter, Windows 8.1 remains the fourth most widely used Microsoft operating system on the planet with some 2.45 percent of all Windows users having it installed on their devices.

That makes this end of support pretty worrying as it will affect millions of people and could leave many PCs open to attack.

Explaining more about the issues of not upgrading, Microsoft said: “While you could continue to use a PC running Windows 8.1, without continued software and security updates, your PC will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. We recommend upgrading to a version of Windows that is still supported. A new device that can run Windows 11 makes for an easy transition and a great experience.”

Anyone running 8.1 now finds themselves facing a dilemma. There are two options including switching to Windows 10 or upgrading to the very latest Windows 11 OS.

Jumping to Windows 11 will almost certainly mean buying a new PC as most older laptops aren’t compatible with this software.

That’s an expensive option but it might be worth biting the bullet now as Micorosft has confirmed that support

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Surface and Windows revenue tanks 39% in latest Microsoft earnings report

What you need to know

  • Microsoft released its FY23 Q2 earnings report today.
  • The company brought in $52.7 billion in revenue (up 2%).
  • The More Personal Computing division got hit harder than expected due to the declining PC market.
  • Surface (Devices) and Windows OEM revenue were both down 39%, with Devices worse than last quarter’s guidance.

The PC market is dropping off a cliff, and Microsoft feels the hurt. While the company is up just 2% in overall revenue at $52.7 billion for FY23 Q2 (opens in new tab) (just below some street expectations), the More Personal Computing division has been hit particularly hard.

More Personal Computing, which includes Surface, Windows, Xbox, and Bing, earned $14.2 billion, down 19% year-over-year. Microsoft had given investors guidance of $14.5 to $14.9 billion US dollars meaning Microsoft is in a bit more trouble in these areas than anticipated.

Windows OEM licensing revenue declined by 39%. While that is not great, Microsoft’s guidance did say Windows OEM expects income to fall “in the high 30s”, which is in line with what was delivered. Of course, such a significant decline is never welcomed, but Microsoft wasn’t caught off guard by the number and is within expectations.

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Surface (Devices), however, was hit a bit harder. It, too, declined by 39% (it was up 2% last quarter), although Microsoft had estimated “approximately 30 percent” for the quarter, making that a big miss. The number suggests that Microsoft’s latest offerings of Surface Laptop 5, Surface Pro 9, and Surface Studio 2+ failed to convince consumers to fork over some money. And with no Surface Duo 3 in the portfolio to launch, there was undoubtedly less excitement.

Xbox and gaming also took a big hit, with a 13% decline year-over-year in revenue. 

Search (Bing) and news

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Microsoft Q2 2023: Windows, devices, and Xbox down as cloud holds strong

Microsoft has just posted the second quarter of its 2023 fiscal financial results. The software maker made $52.7 billion in revenue and a net income of $16.4 billion during Q2. Revenue is up 2 percent, but net income has dropped by 12 percent. The results come just days after Microsoft announced 10,000 layoffs.

Microsoft previously forecast a tough quarter for Windows OEM revenue and hardware, and the results are clear on the state of the PC industry right now. PC shipments fell by 16 percent in 2022, according to analysis by Canalys, and Gartner reported a nearly 29 percent year-over-year drop in Q4 — the largest quarterly shipment decline since it began tracking the PC market in the mid-1990s. Microsoft’s Windows-related revenue has been hit hard as a result.

Windows OEM revenue, the price PC manufacturers pay Microsoft to put Windows on machines, fell by a massive 39 percent in Q2. Microsoft says this was driven by “continued PC market weakness and a strong prior year comparable.”

The Surface Pro 9 in laptop mode.

Surface Pro 9.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Gartner says the total amount of PC shipments in 2022 was close to pre-pandemic levels, so it’s clear the boom of laptop purchases is well and truly over. “Since many consumers already have relatively new PCs that were purchased during the pandemic, a lack of affordability is superseding any motivation to buy, causing consumer PC demand to drop to its lowest level in years,” says Mikako Kitagawa, director analyst at Gartner.

“While the number of PCs shipped declined during the quarter, returning to pre-pandemic levels, usage intensity of Windows continues to be higher than pre-pandemic, with time spent per PC up nearly 10 percent,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in an earnings call today.

This deterioration in the PC market has

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How Microsoft Became A Secret Startup Ingredient, And What The Pattern Says About The Tech

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