Software giant Microsoft has finally said goodbye to the 10-year-old Windows Vista operating system, which debuted to severe criticism.
From April 11, 2017, Windows Vista customers will no longer receive security updates or online content updates from Microsoft.
If you continue to use it, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
According to Microsoft, “Internet Explorer 9 is no longer supported, so if your Windows Vista PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 9 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue optimizations for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to non-compatibility of more apps and devices with Windows Vista.”
According to pcworld.com, only about 0.78 per cent of Windows users use Vista. Microsoft wants its users to purchase the latest OS, Windows 10.
Last year, Firefox indicated it would support the OS until next September, while Google said Gmail would not work with it later in 2017.
Those using Windows 7 can breathe a sigh a relief, as Microsoft won’t end security updates for the Windows 7 PC until January 14, 2020. And support for Windows 8 ends on January 9, 2018, while extended support is set to expire in 2023.
Meanwhile, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Creators Update to Windows 10 customers around the world for free.
Here’s a fact sheet from Microsoft:
As usual, the Twitterati took their turns to give the OS a send-off with their ‘tributes’.