tech2 News StaffJul 24, 2017 08:32:08 IST
Mozilla is ending updates for Firefox on Windows Xp and Windows Vista. The last supported version of the popular browser on the older operating systems by Microsoft will be Firefox Version 52, according to a post in the Firefox support site. The supported operating systems by Microsoft are now limited to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. While new features will not be released for the older operating systems, Firefox will continue to deliver security patches till September 2017.
The main reason Firefox is ending updates on the browser for older operating systems, is out of concern for the security of the machines. Microsoft itself has ended support for Windows XP and Windows Vista. According to the developers, it is difficult to maintain a reliable and safe version of the software once the underlying operating system itself is no longer being supported. Those who want to continue to use Firefox will either have to upgrade to a newer operating system, or switch to a Linux distribution.
Those using the browser on Windows Xp or Windows Vista will automatically be upgraded to the extended support release version of Firefox. Other competing browsers, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome have already stopped supporting Windows XP and Windows Vista. Support for enterprises using Firefox will also end after September 2017. According to a post in Blorge, continuing to use the older versions of the browser on outdated operating systems may be difficult.