Maybe it was the protests,. Maybe someone at Microsoft woke up and realized that bullying users isn't a great idea. Whatever the cause, the software giant said today that it won't drop the hammer on customers who don\u2019t install the Windows 8.1 update \u2013 at least not for another month.\n\tIn April,\u00a0Microsoft said it wouldn\u2019t patch Windows 8.1 for consumers who hadn\u2019t installed the update. Although the update is probably worth installing (despite its reported bugs), punishing users by refusing to give them security patches seems Draconian and hardly customer friendly. The idea wasn\u2019t well received, so Microsoft pushed the date back to June 20 for consumers. Businesses still have until August 12 to install the update.\n\tAfter those dates, users will be left out in the cold.\n\tMicrosoft's Brandon LeBlanc announced the change in a company blog post:\n\t\n\t\t"While we believe the majority of people have received the update, we recognize that not all have. Having our customers running their devices with the latest updates is super important to us. And we\u2019re committed to helping ensure their safety."\n\n\tMost Windows 8.1 users should have received the update automatically, but some may have disabled automatic updates and could still be running an older version of Windows 8.1. To check which version of Windows 8.1 you have, simply go to the Start screen and look for the search button in the top-right corner. As long as you see that button, you're running the latest version. If you're still running Windows 8, don't worry about. It isn't affected.\n\tMicrosoft got tired of patching Windows XP, and with some exceptions, it isn\u2019t doing it anymore. That makes sense in the case of a 12-year-old OS, but it makes no sense at all in the case of the much newer Windows 8.1, which many users already hate.