Microsoft is ending mainstream assist for Windows Vista as we speak, and I’m getting a bit of choked up simply desirous about it.
OK, not fairly, however in distinction with the PC customers and Microsoft executives who would reasonably neglect in regards to the ill-fated working system, I even have plenty of fond recollections of Windows Vista.
As a reporter on the Microsoft beat, it supplied me with infinite materials, from the Longhorn delays to the buggy rollout — culminating with considered one of my all-time favourite headlines: Man gets Windows Vista to work with printer.
Microsoft has lengthy since moved on, and recovered with a profitable Windows 7. Fewer than 10 p.c of us are still using Windows Vista. Now all eyes are on Windows 8, slated for launch later this 12 months, with a brand new tile-based interface designed partly to enhance the utilization of Windows on tablets.
As explained by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, the top of mainstream assist for Windows Vista implies that Microsoft will now not present free updates, aside from security-related patches. The working system will proceed to work if it’s in your PC. Prolonged assist, offering updates on a paid foundation, lasts one other 5 years.
ZDNet’s Ed Bott notes that the bigger date to watch is April 8, 2014, when Microsoft ends all assist for Windows Vista’s predecessor, Windows XP — which remains to be running on some 47 percent of PCs.