One of Microsoft’s worst-performing desktop operating systems, Windows Vista, is getting its final farewell on April 11, 2017. As of that day, there will be no more updates, no security patches, no fixes, no support…nothing.
“Windows Vista customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft.
Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.” – Microsoft
It’s not surprising, considering the fact that most support for Windows Vista died out in 2012, five years after it was launched in January, 2007. Even less surprising is the fact that Microsoft is advising all Vista users to upgrade to Windows 10 before then. Who knew!
To help Vista users move to the new OS – presumably on a new laptop – Microsoft and Laplink are offering limited time paid support via the PCmover Express app that you can buy for $14.95 plus tax.
Unlike other versions like Windows XP, you won’t receive support for Vista devices even if you’re willing to pay for it.
According to The Register, the UK’s National Health Service still uses several Windows XP systems, which Microsoft does support, but the cost of support goes up each year: it’s $200 for Year 1, $400 for Year 2 and $800 for Year 3.
That means Microsoft is making it increasingly cost-inefficient for these users to stick with XP, which is understandable from a sales perspective. Yet another way to push Windows users of older versions to Windows 10, just like they’re doing now with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
No such luck for Windows Vista users. Your days are numbered.
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