Vista had a lukewarm reception when it was released in 2007, and was shoved out of the limelight in 2009 when Windows 7 arrived to much fanfare.
Microsoft has started pushing out a new Windows 10 cumulative update, clocking in with build number 14393.969. Unfortunately, Microsoft's new operating system was met with a barrage of negative reviews.
Here's some bad news for Windows 10 users. As is Microsoft's way, the company has continued supporting Vista for the last 10 years, but its time is now up.
Personal computers powered by the latest processors from AMD, Intel and Qualcomm will be blocked from receiving security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, according to the support document.
LAST WEEK witnessed the return of Updategate, with a new Windows 10 build suggesting that background downloads could be returning to the OS.
It should be noted that this doesn't mean your Vista-powered PC will suddenly stop working.
As Ars Technica announced, Skylake was initially expected to be included in the policy too. however, Microsoft in the end related and decided on a provision that only security fixes for Skylake systems running on either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 would be given. Especially as Microsoft is also ending support for Microsoft Security Essentials on Vista. It reached its peak in 2010 when it held somewhere between 15 to 26 percent of market share, but Windows 7 had already surpassed it. Which is less than half of the 1.65 percent still using Windows 8, and a fraction of the 8.45 percent market share enjoyed by Windows XP.
Vista and Windows 8 taught Microsoft harsh lessons about involving and engaging with its user base. This has serious consequences for both businesses and consumers.
Are you still using Windows Vista?
But while Windows 7 was a step away from some of Vista's concepts and quirks that alienated customers, it didn't prevent Microsoft from repeating past mistakes with Windows 8. Or downgrading to XP?