The time has come; Microsoft has ended support for its Windows 98 and Windows Millenium Edition (Me) operating systems. Basically, this means that Microsoft will not be producing any more patches or hotfixes for these two operating systems, and also won’t have paid phone support available anymore. This leaves the two legacy Windows OSs with at least one glaring security gap, which Microsoft refused to patch on the grounds that it would render many Win98 programs inoperable.
So what does this mean for the consumer? Basically, if you’re still on either of these two OSs (and if you’re running Windows Me, shame on you), now’s the time to jump ship elsewhere. While it’s not a guarantee, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the release of a swarm of new virii now that Microsoft isn’t making any attempt to fix these problems. Also, support for Windows 98 in programs will become a memory, so anyone looking to run the latest-and-greatest software will find themselves forced to upgrade anyway. If you can’t afford Windows XP, well, there’s always Linux!