Windows 98 support ends
Microsoft has finally decided to end customer support for Windows 98, Windows
98 special edition (SE) and Millennium edition (Me) operating systems. This
is part of Microsofts Product Lifecycle policy.
Windows 98 users will not be able to avail technical or phone support from Microsoft.
The firm has also decided to cease security update support. This means that
users of these versions shall no longer have the protection of software fixes
issued by Microsoft and potentially leave users exposed to exploits and attacks.
The company wanted to scrap Windows 98 and ME support in 2003. However, the
services were continued on a paid-for basis due to customer protests from across
the globe. The company is encouraging its users to migrate from outdated systems
and upgrade to Windows XP.