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Microsoft to end support for Windows Vista

Date: March 17, 2017 Author: Stephan Buys Category: Article Comments: 0

Microsoft to end support for Windows Vista. With the much-anticipated Windows 10 update just around the corner, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Vista will no longer be supported from April 11 onwards. The company issued a statement saying it felt it was time to invest its resources in newer technologies.

This means that those still using the desktop operating system, which was launched to the public in 2007 (between Windows XP and Windows 7), have less than a month to upgrade before exposing their machines to potential cyber attacks. IT support companies are ideally placed to assist Windows users who are still running Vista on their machines, as well as those who are unsure which operating system they are running and whether they need to take any action.

Welcome news?

The demise of Vista will come as welcome news to some. Despite the improved visual offering, there were a host of negative reviews back when the software was first launched, with critics describing it as buggy and saying it caused devices to run slowly. IT support teams have had more than a few frustrated Vista users avail of their services over the years.

It probably didn't help that it came after the more popular XP. The numbers are still in XP's favour 10 years later, with XP running on 8% of desktops today compared to just 0.78% still running Vista.

What should users do?

If your ICT infrastructure still incorporates Windows Vista, it's important to act now. Microsoft to end support for Windows Vista After April 11, Microsoft will cease to provide customers with security updates, meaning that any viruses and malware that emerge after this date could cause a significant threat to devices. The end of support also means that newer programs are likely to be incompatible with Vista, leaving users unable to access certain apps.

Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10 as the best way of keeping devices secure. However, Windows 10 won't work with some older machines, so it may be necessary to dig around to find a suitable alternative – or to switch over to new PCs. IT support companies can talk users through their options and help them choose an operating system that meets their organisation's needs and keeps their devices safe.

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