Microsoft to cease support for Windows Vista soon

Microsoft cautions users to upgrade their desktop OS as the company will cease support for Windows Vista starting 11 April.

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Windows Vista users are in for some bad news as Microsoft will be pulling the plug on Windows Vista on 11 April and thereby cease support for security patches and bug-fix updates. The overwhelming consensus in its 10 year lifespan was generally a disgruntled one as major applications like Firefox and Google drive ceasing support for Vista users. Consequently, Microsoft decided to put the outdated software to rest.

In its recent blog post, Microsoft warns users who are still clinging on to Windows Vista as their operating system, reminding them that the journey from now on is going to be a perilous one, if they don't migrate to an advanced OS very soon.

"If you continue to use Windows Vista after support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Internet Explorer 9 is no longer supported, so if your Windows Vista PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 9 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows Vista."

To solidify their stance they are also putting an end to their proprietary security protocol for their OS on Vista, "Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows Vista. If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you'll continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time. However, please note that Microsoft Security Essentials (or any other antivirus software) will have limited effectiveness on PCs that do not have the latest security updates. This means that PCs running Windows Vista will not be secure and will still be at risk for virus and malware."

Windows Vista, it was good till it lasted. But this is Goodbye.