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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 Microsoft’s 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 The company is encouraging its users to migrate from outdated systems and upgrade to Windows XP.

 
     
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