Microsoft ends support for its unpopular OS today

13 April, 2017, 01:31 | Author: Lorena Waters
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However, over time Microsoft's developers lost a track of their vision and the company finally launched Windows Vista in 2007, almost six years after it launched one of its most popular operating systems- Windows XP. Vista might have been a trough in Microsoft's reliability up-and-down Windows releases, but its still not easy to say goodbye-even to an old enemy.

Today marks the death of Windows Vista, as Microsoft officially ends support for its much maligned operating system.

More than 10 years after its launch, Microsoft is finally laying to rest the much-unloved Windows Vista.

To Windows Vista, we bid you farewell.

Effective immediately, Windows Vista will no longer receive "new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft".

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Microsoft had worked hard to make Vista (codename Longhorn) a more secure operating system, after Redmond noted industry concerns about security vulnerabilities and susceptibility to malware and viruses of previous Windows incarnations. Visually, Windows Vista boasted a more sophisticated, streamlined and a revolutionary interface compared to its previous versions. Two, double-click winver in the search results to open About Windows box, where it will show you the current Windows you have. Generally speaking, people hated it, preferring to stick with Windows XP.

Spiceworks found that medium-sized organizations with 100-1,000 employees are most likely to have at least one Windows Vista machine still hanging on, with a penetration rate of approximately 14 percent. The company had ambitious goals for its Windows Vista during the period prior to its launching, among them a new Windows Future Storage (WinFS) filing system. It is not a surprise for Windows user since they were expecting it to happen one or the other day. The company promised to deliver cutting edge features as additional downloads for those who bought the most expensive version of the operating system but the company failed to deliver on this promise and only released a few applications they were lackluster at best.

For more information regarding how to upgrade your PC or to check your current OS version, you can visit the support page of Microsoft.

But you should never be too nostalgic over operating systems. All support for Windows 8 will end in January 2023. Windows 10 now has 9% of the overall share, followed by Windows 8 at 5%.

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