One of Microsoft’s most hated ever products is to finally be killed off, the company has confirmed.
With Windows 10 now the company’s established operating system of choice, and another major update in the works, the computer giant has confirmed it is to stop supporting older platforms.
On the chopping block is the much maligned Windows Vista operating system that was originally released back in January 2007.
Vista support isn’t just on its way out, it’s already in its final days, with Microsoft confirming it will completely stop supporting the platform within a month.
If, for some reason, you’re still using a Vista-powered machine, the all important date to add to your diary is April 11.
After then, Vista machines will fail to add further updates and will not receive any more security patches.
The platform will also lose update access to Microsoft’s antivirus app, Security Essentials, meaning machines could quickly become the targets of hackers.
Those running Vista are advised to upgrade their system immediately or risk being unprotected against potentially damaging cyber attacks.
Vista was widely criticised from day one, receiving low scoring reviews and failing to grab consumers’ imaginations.
As well as being more clunky and harder to use than the company’s past platforms, Vista also came in for criticism for failing to address users’ wants.
Having killed off a range of favourite processes and apps, Vista replaced them with a mass of unnecessary bloatware that caused many devices to run slowly.
Amazingly, recent Netmarketshare figures have shown that around 0.78% of all devices running today are still powered by Windows Vista.
While that might sound like a small number, it still accounts for millions of devices.
It’s not just Microsoft that’s ceasing support for Vista, either.
Mozilla recently announced that Vista users would soon no longer be able to download or use the latest versions of its Firefox web browser.
This follows Google’s move to halt support for older Windows platforms for its own Chrome browser.
While Windows Vista is on the way out, however, Windows 10 is on the way up and currently powers more than 500 million devices.
This doesn’t make it the most popular platform around though.
Instead, that honour belongs to Windows 7 that continues to power almost half of the world’s PCs, with a dominant 48.41% market share.