Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Microsoft Plans To End Old-Fashioned Windows Platforms

Microsoft recently revealed that it would end all sorts of official technical support for Windows Vista by April 2017. The tech giant added that the mainstream support for the five-year-old operating system was ended in April last year, and Vista is already under its extended support for a period of five years. According to Microsoft delegates, “in April 2017, this extended support will also end, and both consumer and commercial users will be on their own, without security or other updates; although security fixes may be offered in special cases.”

Windows Vista was launched in 2007 with an advanced user interface and a unique design. Yet, traditional users found Vista confusing and the operating system could not survive in the market for long. Microsoft had to introduce Windows 7 a couple of years later to calm down the user grievances about Vista. Interestingly, Windows 7 was welcomed in the desktop operating systems community in a friendly way, and is still the most successful of all Windows platforms.

On the other hand, Windows XP served the community for more than a decade despite of its old infrastructure and incompatibility with modern applications. It is fascinating to note that the user community is much bothered about the termination of Windows XP rather than the end of Microsoft support for Vista. The tech giant is terminating all sorts of technical support for XP by this April regardless of the fact that it still holds around one-third of the total desktop operating systems market share.

The Windows Phone community has also adopted the same strategy of providing mainstream support of five years as for Windows operating systems. In a press conference, Microsoft unveiled that the official support for Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 will be stopped by the end of this year, which is pretty sooner than what users expected earlier. Nevertheless, experts say that this change in the strategies indicates Microsoft’s plans to include Windows Phone into an annual release sequence.

Experts also say that with the end of Microsoft support for Vista and XP, the tech giant has made it clear that it is looking forward to focus on developing futuristic platforms, rather than spending time and resources on old Windows versions. Yet when Windows XP was attacked with malware recently, the tech giant offered another extended security support until 2015, proving that Microsoft actually cares for its user community.

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