Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jul 2006 12:07 UTC
Windows From today, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates or provide support for Windows 98 and Windows ME, which could lead users to trying alternative operating systems such as Linux. Eight years after launching Windows 98, Microsoft will finally wash its hands of updating and plugging security gaps in its ageing operating system. The software giant originally planned to pull the plug in January 2004 but decided to extend support because of the increasing threat from Linux.
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The "official" end of Win98
by bolomkxxviii on Tue 11th Jul 2006 15:37 UTC
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Win98 will continue on for many years yet. Only the failure of the hardware it is running on will put the final nail in it's coffin. That or the death of the owners. I maintain computers for a number of older users and they get freaked out when a new version of Word gets installed. I have had people beg me to change their new computer from WinXP to Win98 when their old computer died. They look at their computers like TVs or washing machines. They do not want to learn a new "better" way of doing things. They want what they are comfortable with using.

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