Windows Vista has just 30 days to live

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Unloved OS will lose support on 11 April

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14 March 2017 | 0

In a month’s time, Microsoft will put Windows Vista to rest once and for all. After 11 April 2017, Microsoft will no longer support Windows Vista: no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates, according to Microsoft, anyway. (Mainstream Vista support expired in 2012.) Like it did for Windows XP, Microsoft has moved on to better things after a decade of supporting Vista.

As Microsoft notes, however, running an older operating system means taking risks – and those risks will become far worse after the deadline. Vista’s Internet Explorer 9 has long since expired, and the lack of any further updates means that any existing vulnerabilities will never be patched – ever. Even if you have Microsoft’s Security Essentials installed- Vista’s own antivirus program – you’ll only receive new signatures for a limited time.

The good news is that only a handful of computer users will have to make the switch. According to NetMarketshare, the desktop share of Windows Vista was just under 2% two years ago, in March, 2015. Today, it’s at 0.78% – about half of Windows 8’s 1.65%, according to the firm. (Windows XP’s market share stands above 8%, and support for that operating system expired in April 2014.)

Vista was never one of Microsoft’s beloved operating systems. Annoyances like the User Access Control and the introduction of Digital Rights Management played a role in hurrying user adoption of its successor, Windows 7, extended support for which ends in January 2020.

Naturally, Microsoft hopes that any users moving from Windows Vista will migrate to WIndows 10. The important thing, though, is to move from Windows Vista to something more modern.

Even if you’re not part of the small group clinging to Windows Vista, its demise reinforces Microsoft’s efforts to pull Windows users into the present day. Other software companies are following suit: Firefox has let go of XP and Vista users. Google Drive doing the same. Windows Vista isn’t safe, it wasn’t loved, and the risk that some site will steal your e-mail or bank account information is real. It’s time to move on.

IDG News Service

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