Microsoft stops selling Windows 8.1 Pro Pack and Media Pack
Microsoft has announced that it has stopped selling the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack and Media Pack versions this month.
The operating system which debuted in 2012, and the service pack which was released a year later will no longer be officially sold.
This is what the statement at the Redmond company’s website reads:
As of October 30, 2015, the Windows 8 and 8.1 Pro Pack (which upgraded Windows 8 Home or 8.1 Home to Windows 8 Pro or 8.1 Pro, with Media Center) and Media Pack (which added Media Center to Windows 8 Pro or 8.1 Pro) are no longer available for purchase from Microsoft. Previously purchased feature pack licenses will still work, and valid feature packs may still be available for purchase from third-party retailers. Support for these products is still available.
The move does not come as a surprise. Windows 8 may just about three years old, but the operating system now, has already seen its better days. Not to mention the fact that it has already been succeeded by Windows 10, which was released at the end of July 2015.
Microsoft will use the end of sales of Windows 8.1 to its advantage, to boost the sales of Windows 10. The Redmond company is desperately seeking to increase the number of users the new operating system gains. OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) such as Dell, HP, Toshibha have already begun selling new devices with Windows 10 pre-installed on them.
But apparently that still hasn’t helped the sales numbers, as Microsoft is offering the operating system as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users. So there aren’t as many people new devices as there once used to be, and also because of the fact that modern toiuchscreen devices (phones, tablets, etc) have also caused PC sales to decline.
In case you aren’t aware of what the packs do, here is a brief explanation.The Windows 8 and 8.1 Pro Pack upgrades Windows 8 Home or 8.1 Home to Windows 8 Pro or 8.1 Pro with Media Center. The Media Pack adds the Media Center function to Windows 8 Pro or 8.1 Pro.
Just because Microsoft has stopped selling Windows 8, doesn’t mean you have to worry about updates. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will continue to receive mainstream support for about 2 years and 2 months, i.e.,January 9, 2018. After which, it will receive extended support until January 10, 2023.
In case you are still interested in buying a Windows 8.1 Pro Pack, you are in luck. Myce reports that the pack, which upgrades Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Pro, is still available on the popular online retailer, Amazon.com. The pack costs $159 on the seller’s website.