The day has finally come. Windows Vista, arguably the most widely-detested operating system in personal computer history, is dead.
Microsoft released a statement on Tuesday alerting the few poor souls clinging on to Vista mediocrity that there will be no further support provided for the platform.
“As of April 11, 2017, Windows Vista customers are no longer receiving new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft,” says the company.
Vista was released 10 years ago in 2007, but it quickly became evident that it was not a well thought-through successor to the revolutionary XP system.
Despite the innovative introduction of easier peer-to-peer sharing, security improvements and a slicker visual approach, Vista was criticised for its restrictive DRM additions and unnecessarily high resource use.
If you recall, some computer manufacturers actually shipped their Vista pre-installed machines with XP discs as a way to appease severely disappointed PC users.
Well, we can finally lay this beast to rest – but what does that mean for the remaining faithful that insist on clinging on to it, even after death?
Most notably, Vista users are now more vulnerable than ever to security risks like viruses and malware.
Another obvious repercussion is the fact that more and more software will drop support for Vista, rendering the machine absolutely obsolete.
I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to be laying this one to rest. Good riddance.