Windows Vista has a bad reputation. No other version of Windows has been so hated. Microsoft was quick to move on after Vista and didn’t look back. Why would they?
The company has had to support the OS for a very long time. And now, a decade after it was first launched, Microsoft has announced that Windows Vista support has officially ended.
So after April 11th, 2017, Windows Vista users will no longer get any new security updates, non-security hotfixes, additional support options, or any other online technical content updates from Microsoft. The ride is over. The company says that it 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.” Time marches on.
Windows Vista PCs will still work of course, but they will be more vulnerable to security risks because Microsoft won’t be providing any security patches to protect it from threats. Other apps and services will no longer work properly with Vista over time.
Vista owners can upgrade to Windows 10 but it’s unlikely that PCs from Vista’s early days will be able to support the latest version anyway.