If you’re using one of the 400 million computers running on Windows 10, there’s a really good chance you love it. Especially if you downloaded it for free.
The new operating system from Microsoft, which came out in 2015, is speedier and safer than previous versions of Windows. It keeps getting better, too. Microsoft, for instance, is taking steps to be less intrusive with your privacy with the upcoming Creators Update.
This makes it easy to forget the not-too-distant past when each new version of Windows seemed to get more cumbersome and less intuitive than the version that came before it. Remember Windows 8?
Microsoft is wisely moving further away from its past blunders. There’s no better way to do that than simply get rid of older versions of Windows. Or, more specifically in the case of Vista, stop supporting it.
“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 toward more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences,” Microsoft said in a statement.
If you remember, Vista came out in 2007, in between XP and Windows 7. Both of those versions were significantly more popular than Windows Vista.
When Vista came out, it was slow and riddled with bugs. Worse, some of its software didn’t work and it wasn’t compatible with some computers that were popular at that time.
By 2015, only 2 percent of computers were running Vista. To underscore that dismal number, its predecessor XP was on 8 percent of computers. Today, less than 1 percent of computers worldwide run on Vista.
Now, Microsoft is putting Vista out of its misery. There will be no more security patches or software updates as of April 12.
Note: If you’re using Vista, you know that Microsoft has been warning you that they’ll no longer support it. You can upgrade to Windows 10, but it may not be an easy update. If not, you can pay just under $15 to LapLink for its transfer software. Or try installing Windows 7.