The disappointing Windows Vista has had the plug pulled ten years after it was launched.
The unpopular successor to Windows XP received criticism for its performance issues and often didn’t play nicely with customers’ peripherals.
“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,” Microsoft said recently.
According to NetMarketShare, Vista runs on 0.78% of machines so in reality very few people will be affected. This is compared to Windows XP 8% market share that had its support cut three years ago.
Users can still use Windows Vista but it is strongly recommended that you upgrade as security updates are no longer available.
“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,” adds Microsoft.
Two years after its launch, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that it had a negative effect on the company.
“We got some uneven reception when [Vista] first launched in large part because we made some design decisions to improve security at the expense of compatibility,”.
“I don’t think from a word-of-mouth perspective we ever recovered from that.”
Microsoft moved on to Windows 7 in 2009.