After a little over 10 years, Microsoft is cutting off support of its operating system Windows Vista.
With the release of Windows 7 in July of 2009, Vista had a short life as the premier OS from Microsoft and frankly, the company could not distance itself fast enough from the spoiled OS. Also, to make the OS work from home users, business users, and power users, Microsoft unveiled six editions of Windows Vista: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate. Will your PC suddenly keel over and stop working, now that Windows Vista is no longer getting updated? It's not a version of Windows created to run off the cloud; instead, it's a simplified and potentially more secure take on the company's existing desktop and tablet operating system.
According to Microsoft's roadmap, mainstream support for an operating system ends five years after release and extended support ends 10 years after release.
For those running Vista, Microsoft spells out your options here.
Windows Vista, codenamed Longhorn, reached general availability on January 30, 2007 and today, the software is reaching the end of its lifecycle.
And just like that, another Microsoft operating systems bites the dust.
People took to Twitter to bid farewell to the operating system - although many tweets took a tongue-in-cheek approach. And while that's an example of Microsoft giving something, the much less popular Windows Vista is an example of Microsoft taking something away. 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.
Adios, Vista. You won't be missed. While you can still run Vista on your desktop or laptop, it'll become increasingly unsafe to do so since you won't be able to rely on security updates to fix new vulnerabilities. Windows Vista set the scene for Windows 7 to murder Windows XP for good, and for that reason alone, Vista gets 56 thumbs up from me.