Monday, July 10, 2006

Older Windows to Lose Support

Microsoft Corp has announced that starting July 11, the company will end support for some of its older Windows versions. In effect, around 70 million users will be left stranded without security updates.
The versions that will be affected, according to Microsoft, are Windows 98, Windows 98 Special Edition (SE), and Windows Millennium Edition (ME). As such, users of these versions will be left with no protection in terms of security patches and other such software fixes that Microsoft regularly issues, leaving them open to attacks by malicious hackers.
Microsoft had in January planned to discontinue updates for older versions, but extended the time period to give users maximum time to upgrade.
Meanwhile, according to industry sources, of the total number of Window users, only around 13 percent of PCs run licensed versions of Windows 98 or Windows ME.
As per an earlier study by IDC, a Massachusetts-based market research firm, an estimated 48 million computers were still running licensed versions of Windows 98 at the end of 2005, with 25 million still using Windows ME. The firm had at the time expressed the view that by the end of 2006, the number of Windows 98 and Windows ME installations would take a huge dip.


Blogger अनुनाद सिंह said...

अंगरेजी में नहीं जम रहा है | इससे अच्छा तो है कि आप अंगरेजी के समाचार की लिंक दे दें | दो पंक्ति ही रहे, पर हिन्दी में |

12:07 PM  
Blogger Pankaj Bengani said...

आप तो परिचर्चा में इसका लिंक दे चुके हैं. फिर हिन्दी ब्लोग पर अंग्रेजी में पुरा समाचार छापने का क्या तुक है?

9:13 PM  

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