“It looks like Microsoft is getting users of its operating systems coming and going. Microsoft’s next generation Vista OS may prove too much for older computers, but the company has announced it will no longer support the Windows 9x code base as of later this summer. Luddites who want to stick with Windows 98/SE/ME will be cut off from any further public and technical support for the aging operating systems after July 11, 2006, including all security updates,” Andy Patrizio writes for Internet News. “The delays in shipping Vista had a lot to do with giving the old Windows 9x code base an extended lease on life. Microsoft initially planned to end support for the 9x line as far back as 2002 and set a few dates to end support since then, but held off due to Windows XP and Vista’s lateness. The company will continue to provide Windows 98 and ME help topics through its Web site until at least July 2007, but the loss of security updates will be the main concern.”
Patrizio writes, “Power users may sneer at the thought of using the rickety Windows 9x code base, but Jupiter Research has found that one in four homes with more than one PC is running the old operating system, usually on a hand-me-down PC for the kids. The lack of Internet security may force some people to upgrade, and guess which software company benefits in that scenario?”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bruce” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Which software company benefits in that scenario? That’s easy: Apple. Microsoft’s brain dead bad timing on this support issue only adds to Apple’s “Windows of Opportunity.” Pretty strangely, especially due to recent evenets, Patrizio ignores the potential benefit to Apple in his article. Of course, most of these “Luddites” won’t do a thing until the hardware physically breaks down, but a certain percentage will be in the market for a new PC. Really, if you want to get a new PC now, why would you waste your money on one that’s OS-limited (Windows-only from the likes of Dell, HP, Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo, Mom & Pop white box, etc.) when you can get a Macintosh that’s OS-universal and can run both Mac OS X, iLife, and other great Apple Mac-only applications along with Windows and all of your old Windows applications? Hint: use Mac OS X for your online banking and for everything else that involves information that you’d like to keep secure. Letting Windows-only users bring along their Windows “insecurity blanket” for the time being (they’ll learn quickly) and running both two major OSes with the ability to run all of the applications for the price of one computer is tough to beat.
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