Retirement of key support. Microsoft Vista;

Wednesday, April 11th 2012. | Software News

Microsoft logoWindows Vista has been shifted into what Microsoft calls extended support.

Vista, the problem-plagued operating system that never really took hold among users, will exit mainstream support today.
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Windows Vista’s share of in-use operating systems has fallen dramatically since Microsoft introduced Windows 7 in October 2009. By the calculations of web metrics firm Net Applications, Vista now accounts for just 7.7% of all operating systems, and 8.3% of the machines running Windows.

Vista peaked at 19.1% in October 2009 and has been falling ever since. At the rate of its decline over the last 12 months, Vista will slip under the 5% bar in January 2013.

Vista will continue to run, of course: The migration into extended support does not make them inoperable. Microsoft will deliver security updates for Vista until mid-April 2017.

Vista users will be able to upgrade their PCs to Windows 8 when it ships later this year.

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