April 11th marks the end of support for Windows Vista.
Another Microsoft operating system has come to an end. It was recently announced that Microsoft would be discontinuing support for Windows Vista as of April 11th, 2017.
This means that anyone using computers or systems running Windows Vista will be unable to obtain support from Microsoft in the event of any problems and security updates will no longer be issued for the operating system.
Historically, Windows Vista was released in 2007 and was positioned by Microsoft as an advancement in function and design over their previous operating system at the time, Windows XP.
Unfortunately, most users did not take to Windows Vista feeling that its functionality was lacking and its design was not well thought out. In fact, most users opted to stick with Windows XP and Microsoft eventually offered users the opportunity to “downgrade” their computers back to XP when it became apparent that the users were not going to upgrade their computers to Vista.
While most users have either left Windows Vista in the dust or never used it as their primary operating system, it is still important to note that support will be ending relatively soon.
Users with Windows Vista machines should consider upgrading to Windows 10, Microsoft’s newest operating system, or buying a new PC going forward.
One thing’s for sure, regardless of how you feel about Windows Vista, April 11th marks the closing of another chapter in Microsoft’s operating history.
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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