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Windows 98 – Out with the old! – by Mahesh Pillai, GCMBA07 Alumn

Written on July 14, 2006 by Guillermo Montes in Software

On July 11th Microsoft stopped all support for Windows 98, 98 SE and ME editions.
This is not the first time this decision was taken.
Back in 2003, when Microsoft made a similar announcement withdrawing support for Windows 98, there was a huge uproar especially in Asia about the potential impact on the large number of users still using that platform. On that occasion, Microsoft had to reverse its decision and continue supporting the system. Not this time.
Windows 98 users will be left to fend for themselves in case of virus attacks or other security threats to their computers. If your love for Windows 98 is beyond practicality, one way to protect your computer from viruses is by switching to a non IE web browser and non outlook mail client. Maybe use free Mozilla Firefox. Free being the keyword here for users who have not taken the additional monitory step of upgrading their Windows. The bad news is that Mozilla is planning to discontinue Firefox support for Windows 98 from 2007.
The decline of Windows 98 began when Windows XP was introduced towards the end of 2001.
As always, there are people crying out foul over this move from Microsoft. I for one support this decision and tend to think that it is at the discretion of Microsoft to decide whether to support an application that has not sold in almost 6 years. Microsoft has literally been doing charity by supporting these users all this while. Obviously, someone still using Windows 98 has shown little interest in upgrading to a newer version and I believe that Microsoft is not obliged to support them.

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