One of Microsoft’s most loathed products is finally about to bite the dust.
As it prepares for the next big Windows 10 update, the company has confirmed that it will no longer provide official support for its Windows Vista software after April 11th.
This means that anyone with a device running Windows Vista only has a month left to upgrade their system, or risk being unprotected against potentially damaging cyber-attacks.
Windows Vista was first released to the public back in January 2007, meaning it has now reached the end of its life as a supported version.
The software endured somewhat of a chequered existence, generating negative reviews upon release, and being widely viewed as somewhat of a flop.
It was not helped by being the successor to Windows XP, which at the time was the most popular version of Microsoft’s software ever.
Windows Vista was also being criticised for removing some fan favourites processes and apps, replacing them with unnecessary bloatware that caused many devices to run slowly.
Despite this, the software remains widely in use today, with the most recent Netmarketshare figures showing it still clings on to 0.78 per cent of all devices running today.
After April 11th, Windows Vista will no longer receive updated security protection, leaving it unprotected against new threats which emerge after this date.
This includes no updates for Microsoft’s antivirus app, Security Essentials, meaning that users will need to be extremely careful when using their device.
The news comes shortly after Mozilla revealed that Windows Vista users will soon no longer be able to download and use the latest versions of its Firefox browser.
Firefox says it will keep Firefox 52 updated with security fixes for a little while longer, but will now follow the example of Google Chrome, which will also only work on newer versions of Windows.Read More...
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