On Tuesday, Microsoft Corporation announced that it has officially stopped support for Windows Vista operating system, leaving a host of Windows shops without technical content, security updates, and more. The end has finally come for one of the world’s most hated OS. The software was supposed to be the next great version of Redmond’s PC OS. It did not turn out that way.
This week, when it released its Windows 10 Creators Update, the software giant also said goodbye to its decade-old PC operating system, which never had many fans. According to CNET, the Redmond, Washington-based tech firm noted that it has supported the OS for a decade, but time has come for the company, along with their software and hardware partners, to invest their resources in more recent techs.
Windows Vista succeeded the venerable XP with a fresh interface that was prematurely raced to the market, and it was evident. It had a lot to live up to but fell flat. Mashable notes that the OS brought with it Windows Search, distinctive Aero Glass theme, and many other not very useful features that saw people quickly revert back to XP.
The writing was on the wall for Windows Vista since late 2016. Google announced that Gmail would stop working with the OS later in 2017. Firefox hinted that it would support Microsoft’s decade-old OS until next September. Engadget notes that to the software giant’s credit, it supported Vista five years longer than its original shutdown date for commercial users.
Microsoft has officially ended support for the much-malignant Windows Vista OS, which was launched in January 2007. A decade after its launch, and six years after it ceased selling its commercial version, Redmond has officially halted support for the forgotten operating system this week. From here on there will be no more bug fixes, security patches, and technical help for the OS.
Some estimates put Windows Vista’s current market-share among all PC OSes at less than one percent. The operating system never gained huge market share to begin with; many Redmond users opted to stick with the reliable and pleasing XP for years. The company’s sixth PC platform truly highlights the tech firm’s missteps in both its internal company culture and Windows. There are now however, many signs that Microsoft has realized those mistakes.
The Windows OS will continue to work on PCs still running it however, with no support from Microsoft, it will become more vulnerable to viruses and security risks because the software giant will no longer issue updates. One of the company’s suggestions is to purchase a new computer that runs on Windows 10.
As of this week, Microsoft Corporation will no longer be supporting its sixth PC operating system Windows Vista. The company had big ambitions for the OS that failed however, the fundamentals certainly pushed Redmond’s PC OS forward in design, security, and functionality. The operating system might have helped set the foundations for the modern Windows that users now enjoy.
By Anila Maring
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