The end of an era: Microsoft drops support for Vista

As we say goodbye to Vista, for many, this is likely looking back on a darker time at Microsoft. The 10-year support cycle for Vista is up, so Microsoft is moving to invest "resources towards more recent technologies" so it can "continue to deliver great new experiences".

And on a personal note, Windows Vista came after Windows XP, and Windows XP was one of the worst operating systems I have ever used. This meant no new features would be added. And while that's an example of Microsoft giving something, the much less popular Windows Vista is an example of Microsoft taking something away. Mainstream Support ended on April 10, 2012, and now Extended Support is ending on April 11, 2017. The operating system was unable to make a reputable name partially because its new User Interface needed high-spec hardware and didn't run well with most machines. The company also noted that, as Internet Explorer 9 is no longer supported, if you use Vista and IE 9 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats.

"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", Microsoft said in its support forums.

Another issue was that Windows XP-the previous version of Windows-worked well, so many users made a decision to stick with it way beyond its expiration date.

Windows Vista, codenamed Longhorn, reached general availability on January 30, 2007 and today, the software is reaching the end of its lifecycle. At the time, we were told that we shouldn't expect to see a new Surface Book 2 or Surface Pro 5 at the event, and that we might instead see a major emphasis on Windows 10 Cloud and supporting hardware. Basically the Windows 10 Cloud is nothing but the simplified version of Windows created to run Microsoft's Universal apps from the Windows Store.

It was replaced two years later by Windows 7, which has subsequently been replaced by the Windows 10 system.

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