Classic Start 8 Free Traditional Start Menu Style for Use with Windows® 8
Users Have Two Years to Upgrade to Windows® 8.1
Microsoft Windows® 8.1 was released October 18th for all Windows® 8 users. This major update added some new features including a start menu, the ability to boot directly to desktop mode, more apps allowed to be snapped side-by-side, and improved cross-system search. The lifecycle of this software update, known as Windows® Blue, will be the same as Windows® 8. General support will end January 1st, 2018, with extended support for necessary updates to last an additional 5 years.
Customers have two years to upgrade to Windows® 8.1. After that time, the upgrade will be removed from the Windows Store, and Windows® 8 will not be supported or have access to future updates. So, it is recommended to follow the guidelines set by Microsoft® and update software as it is are released.