During July 2022, Windows 8.1 users will begin to see end of support notifications for JAN 10 2023.  Like Windows 7 & earlier O/S, Windows 8 will continue to run, but it is always best to be on latest O/S where best levels of security & support are present.

Microsoft To Notify Windows 8.1 Users That End of Support Is Approaching | PCMag

Still running Windows 8.1? Microsoft plans on notifying you about the operating system’s approaching end of support, which will occur next year on January 10th.   Microsoft is preparing a campaign to send the reminder alerts, according(Opens in a new window) to ZDNet, which was first to report the news. The company also told PCMag the notifications will start arriving for Windows 8.1 users next month.

The end of support means that while Windows 8.1 will continue to run, Microsoft will no longer provide security patches, software updates or technical support to the OS. This could leave your device vulnerable in the event a serious flaw is uncovered in the software. So you may want to consider upgrading your device with Windows 10 or 11, although you’ll have to pay up.