The Mozilla foundation has announced that Firefox support for Windows XP and Vista will be extended to June 2018.
Originally, the organisation had stated that they would be moving Windows XP and Vista users to the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) program, which would ensure support only till September 2017. Mozilla hasn’t clarified the reason for the extension, but has confirmed that such users of Firefox will receive security updates till June 2018.
We do have to wonder at the users still hanging on to XP and Vista, however. While XP was one of Microsoft’s best operating systems, it made its debut 16 years ago in 2001. For you young ‘uns tuning in, that’s six years before the iPhone existed. Worse still, we can’t even fathom why anyone would be masochistic enough to stick with Vista, one of Microsoft’s worst operating systems. Either way, Windows Vista is also 10 years old now.
In fact, at eight years of age, Vista’s successor Windows 7 is also getting long in the tooth and is currently on life support.
If you are running an ancient version of Windows, please, upgrade your PC right now. Windows 10 will be lighter on your system than Windows Vista and there are flavours of Linux that will work fine on any machine that meets Windows XP’s minimum system requirements.