Wednesday, April 12, 2017

After a long and courageous battle with relevance, support for Windows Vista officially ends April 11, 2017.

The follow-up to Microsoft's beloved Windows XP operating system, Vista sadly failed to live up to its marketing hype. Perhaps most famous for introducing alerts whenever users attempted to make changes, the operating system was best known for constantly interrupting work rhythm with needless alerts.

On top of being intrusive, it also gobbled precious computing resources like CPU and RAM. Generally speaking, people hated it, preferring to stick with Windows XP. In fact, the enormous popularity of Windows XP gave it a life spanning from 2001 all the way to April 2014.

Most people remember Vista as the Windows operating system everyone hated, and while that's generally true, it also introduced things like DirectX 10, Windows' new visual style called "Aero," and simplified Windows Update.

Windows Vista was replaced by Windows 7 in 2009. It's survived by Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and a grandchild, Windows 10.

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