Bob Milliken
Bob Milliken

The bad news is that Microsoft has closed the door on Windows Vista.  The good news is, that if you are still using this OS, you probably know that it has become a good, solid OS that has been used worldwide, patched, fixed and corrected over the years, and is now mostly problem free.

But it’s time to say goodbye. Microsoft has finally let go of its mostly forgotten, often criticized, 10-year-old red-headed stepchild that no one wanted to invite to parties. On April 12th the tech company officially ended support for Vista, meaning customers will be deprived of crucial security and software updates.

Windows Vista
Launched worldwide on January 30th, 2007, Windows Vista became Microsoft’s operating system for home and business desktops, laptops, tablet PCs and even media center PCs. This version came with a bunch of new features such as Aero, an updated graphical user interface; Windows Search, a new search function; as well as Windows DVD Maker, a new multimedia tool. Vista aimed to increase communication between machines on a home network, with peer-to-peer technology that simplified file sharing.

MicrosoftWindows Vista criticism
Not long after its release, the operating system came under fire from both the users and the press. Initially, Vista aimed to improve the state of security, the main criticism its predecessor — Windows XP — received. There were commonly exploited security vulnerabilities and overall susceptibility to malware, viruses, and buffer overflows. We all ended up hating Vista and many of us jumped to Apple Macs out of frustration.

Will computers still function properly?
Essentially, yes, but they will be more susceptible to future viruses and malware attacks without further security updates. As well Internet Explorer 9 won’t be supported either, meaning surfing the web with this browser could possibly expose you to even more vulnerabilities. Microsoft also warned users that certain apps and devices may not work with Vista, as software and hardware manufacturers are optimizing services for newer versions of Windows.

What’s the next step for your business?
We recommend that you upgrade to Microsoft’s latest operating system: Windows 10. But before doing so, check the software and hardware specifications of your PCs, since they might not be able to handle Windows 10. If that’s the case, users can opt for a Windows 7 upgrade as an alternative.

Take Away …

While you may think that keeping up with the latest technological innovations is a tedious task, we think that it just may make good business sense. To ensure the future of your small or midsized business, you’ll be needing IT that works for you and not the other way round.

For more information on why upgrading to Windows 10 makes a great replacement for your Windows Vista system, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!

Bob Milliken is the specializing in helping businesses with their IT needs. Discover how great local IT services can be.  604.270.1730.