Microsoft has put the final nail in the coffin of its 10-year old – and often maligned – operating system, Windows Vista.
After April 11 2017, the U.S. technology giant ended support for Vista, meaning customers will no longer get crucial security or software updates.
Will my computer still work?
The short answer is yes, but it might be vulnerable to viruses because Microsoft is not providing new security updates. Also, Internet Explorer 9 is no longer supported, so surfing the web with this browser could also leave you open to security vulnerabilities.
Microsoft also warned that users might find apps and devices that do not work with Vista as software and hardware manufacturers optimize services for the latest version of Windows.
What should I do ?
Microsoft's latest operating system is called Windows 10 and upgrading to this could be an option.
Some PCs might not be able to handle Microsoft 10 so users would need to check the specifications of the software and their hardware. Otherwise, upgrading to Windows 7 could be an option.
Windows Vista Criticism
The operating system came under fire not long after it was released from users and the press. Windows Vista currently has less than 1 percent global market share in terms of PC operating systems.