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Microsoft ends support for Windows Vista

Published : Apr 12, 2017, 3:06 pm IST
Updated : Apr 12, 2017, 3:06 pm IST

Microsoft is ditching the old system in favour of a more modern Windows 10.

 (Representational image)
  (Representational image)

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer launched its Windows Vista operating system back in 2006. Over 10 years down the line, the tech-giant has finally decided to scrap off its what many described as the ‘disastrous’ operating system. The company took to its blog to announce this news.

Microsoft announced the news in a blog, which said: “Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.”

In other words, while Windows Vista users will still be able to use the system, Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates, fixes or support thereby leaving the system vulnerable to attacks.

The operating system has a history of bad experiences. When it was initially released, the system was reported to contain a range of bugs, causing many users to remain on XP despite support for the operating system being stopped in 2014. Soon enough, the OS was subsequently replaced by Windows 7.

Microsoft has finally decided to end its support for the system, thus leaving it open for attacks. “If you continue to use Windows Vista after support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses,” the blog further read.

“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 to optimise for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows Vista,” the blog further added.

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