Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Jul 2006 10:46 UTC, submitted by wakeupneo
Windows "Software giant Microsoft has named the day that Windows 98 and Millennium users will no longer have support. On July 11, the two operating systems will have their final breakfast before being wiped from Vole's support brain. Although many expected Microsoft to stop supporting the quaintly antique software, the date for liquidation was uncertain."
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wooo
by liamdawe on Tue 4th Jul 2006 11:12 UTC
liamdawe
Member since:
2006-07-04

It is about time they dropped them to be honest!

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RE: wooo
by raver31 on Tue 4th Jul 2006 11:23 in reply to "wooo"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

And why would that be ?
clearly you have never working in the following sectors.

banking
accounting
solicitors
payroll

all these people use old computers to run old packages and they have no reason to upgrade.

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RE[2]: wooo
by ThawkTH on Tue 4th Jul 2006 19:19 in reply to "RE: wooo"
ThawkTH Member since:
2005-07-06

That doesn't matter to Microsoft.

What matters to Microsoft is this:

Can we give those with no reason to upgrade, a reason to upgrade?

In this case the answer is "eventually".

Ah, the joys of a monopoly.

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RE[2]: wooo
by Bending Unit on Tue 4th Jul 2006 20:11 in reply to "RE: wooo"
Bending Unit Member since:
2005-07-06

Unstable and insecure should be enough reasons...

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RE[2]: wooo
by liamdawe on Tue 4th Jul 2006 17:03 in reply to "wooo"
liamdawe Member since:
2006-07-04

"they have no reason to upgrade"

Haha, they do now ;)

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RE[3]: wooo
by Celerate on Wed 5th Jul 2006 17:30 in reply to "RE[2]: wooo"
Celerate Member since:
2005-06-29

""they have no reason to upgrade"

Haha, they do now ;) "


I don't see why. The best security for Windows has always been a firewall and anti-virus software, as long as those two are available and up to date for Windows 98 then the systems are safe enough for anyone who wants to chance staying behind.

For that matter Windows has always had a sizeable number of security holes that went unpatched for extended periods of time, and firewalls and anti-virus software have kept those safe. With Windows 98 finally having reached the end of the line chances are malware and attacks now are going to be geared more towards newer version of Windows, and Windows 98 might go almost completely neglected by attackers if it isn't already.

Anyone still using Windows 98 at this point is probably willing to take the risk of going on without support from Microsoft. For the last few years it felt like Windows 98 wasn't getting any updates except emergency ones anymore anyway.

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