Microsoft has extended the deadline for its Windows 8.1 Update by 30 days to give users more time to download the latest version of the operating system.
Microsoft has made the Windows 8.1 Update the baseline for future security updates, meaning that those who do not download the update on their devices will be at risk from security vulnerabilities.
Originally, the deadline for downloading the update was set for early May, but senior marketing communications manager for Microsoft, Brandon LeBlanc, wrote in a blog post that extending the deadline to 10 June would help ensure everyone had moved to the update.
“While we believe the majority of people have received the update, we recognise that not all have. Having our customers running their devices with the latest updates is super important to us. And we’re committed to helping ensure their safety,” he said.
“As a result, we’ve decided to extend the requirement for our consumer customers to update their devices to the Windows 8.1 Update in order to receive security updates another 30 days to June 10th.”
LeBlanc urged those who have yet to update to make sure they do it sooner rather than later in order to ensure they are protected by future fixes for the platform.
“As noted previously, consumer customers who do not update their Windows 8.1 devices to the Windows 8.1 Update by this new deadline will no longer receive updates,” he warned.
The deadline extension is the second time in recent weeks that Microsoft has backtracked over a software deadline. It recently issued a security patch for an exploit that could have affected Windows XP users, despite the deadline for any XP updates ending on 8 April.
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