Microsoft gives users five weeks to migrate to Windows 8.1 Update
As reported on Computerworld, businesses running on Windows 8.1 have until May 13 this year to upgrade to the just released Windows 8.1 Update, and if they fail to do this they will no longer be eligible for security updates and other enhancements.
"Failure to install this Update [Windows 8.1 Update] will prevent Windows Update from patching your system with any future updates starting with Updates released in May 2014," says Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) in a knowledge based article that was widely reported about. KB2919355 is no longer accessible at the time of this writing though, due to the discovery of a separate issue with it (more below).
Businesses that are still running on Windows 8 RTM will not have to contend with this deadline, however. Instead, these users do have their own deadline of January 12, 2016 to do so, after which they will not be able to access security updates also.
Separately, the rollout of Windows 8.1 Update for some enterprise users hit a snag after it was discovered that patched systems are no longer able to receive future updates from Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) servers. The situation apparently comes up when clients connect to WSUS with HTTPS enabled, but not TLS 1.2. Microsoft is expected to issue a proper fix for this soon; for now disabling HTTPS or enabling TLS 1.2 as an interim measure works.
The Fierce Take: Microsoft has not displayed such aggressiveness in its Windows update previously, which could reflect pressure to fix the various grievances and complaints that have stopped users from adopting its new flagship operating system. Ironically, enterprises that have yet to deploy Windows 8 are now shown to be justified in having waited just a bit longer.