Microsoft To End Windows Vista Support Next Month
It’s been a long time coming, but Microsoft is finally ending support for Windows Vista meaning users of the decade-old operating system have only a few weeks to upgrade to a more recent OS.
After April 11, Windows Vista users will no longer have access to new security updates, hotfixes, technical updates or paid or free support options.
Microsoft warns that users who continue to use Vista may find their computers more vulnerable to security risks as new viruses and other forms of malware come onto the scene. Beyond that, many software companies have long-since moved on from supporting Vista so users will have an increasingly limited selection of software to choose from.
Vista users who have Microsoft Security Essentials installed will, for a limited time, continue to receive signature updates. However, the company warned that without updated security definitions those updates would be of limited use.
Microsoft recommended that Vista users make the upgrade to Windows 10 in order to ensure they received the latest updates and security features. Ultimately, an upgrade to Windows 10 isn’t strictly necessary since several other operating systems, including the popular Windows 7, are currently still being supported, but it would be helpful to upgrade to some version of a more current OS.
That being said, there aren’t every many people who will need to upgrade since Windows Vista’s market share is currently at 0.78 percent. Of course, it’s possible that some PC users simply are not worried about having a modern operating system. After all, support for Windows XP ended in 2014, but its market share currently stands at more than 8 percent which his actually higher than Windows 8.1’s market share.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.