Microsoft provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years. Photograph: (Reuters)
Hasta la vista, Windows Vista!
Microsoft has finally said goodbye to its Vista operating system. Vista customers, therefore, will now 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,” says the company.
While your computer with Windows Vista 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 optimise for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows Vista,” explains Microsoft.
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 anti-malware signature updates for a limited time.
However, 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 (codenamed Longhorn) was initially supposed to bring a pathbreaking change in the world of operating systems, but it didn’t go well with users and ended up being a disappointment.