Windows Vista is officially dead

Microsoft

The end has come for Windows Vista.

In other words, Windows Vista is dead in Microsoft's eyes. 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.

Improvements were made for its users through the release of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 in 2009, which eventually led to the development of its successor, Windows 7.

Users complained about how slow it was to load and that "Vista-capable" PCs-computers that were supposed to be able to run the operating system-really couldn't run it very well. But hey, closure is good - and now when your uncle asks you to fix his creaking Vista box, you can officially tell him it's an obsolete, unsupported pile of crap. Dell, HP and Lenovo were soon including disc copies of XP with all new computer purchases, as Microsoft mandates that all their hardware have Vista pre-installed.

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Microsoft further notifies users that it has "also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download" on Vista - though the company will continue to roll out updates for a limited time. For many people this will be a cause of celebration as the unloved OS gets taken off life support.

For Microsoft, there is an ulterior motive for ending Vista support: Not only is it another product to maintain, but the company is also looking for more success for Windows 10. Enterprises with more than 1,000 employees are less likely to use Vista PCs, with a penetration rate of 9 percent, and small businesses with less than 50 employees are least likely to use Vista, with a penetration rate of only 7 percent. So, if security issues weren't enough to get you to consider a newer version of Windows, the problem of incompatibility might be.

For those who remember way back when, Vista was supposed to be the next great version of the Windows operating system.

Adios, Vista. You won't be missed.

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