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So Long Windows Vista

OK, then: let’s all say “So long Windows Vista!” This much-maligned and under-appreciated OS hit its end-of-life data on April 11 earlier this week. I’m now wondering if it’s purely coincidence that the official release date for Windows 10 Creators Update fell on the same date. I guess we’ll never know.

But for me, Vista was the first truly modern Windows OS. Among other things, it introduced a raft of great features. These included Aero Glass, volume shadowing, and modern OS imaging tools and techniques. Here’s a snippet from the table on the Windows lifecycle fact sheet that shows important dates:

Given its horrible marketplace reception, Vista’s departure won’t be overly sad or shocking to most.
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So Long Windows Vista: Bye Bye!

By most metrics, Vista’s change to end-of-life status won’t have much impact. Most of the major OS counting services (NetMarketShare, Statista, Statcounter, and so forth) presently grant Vista something less than 1% of global OS marketshare. But I agree with Paul Thurrott‘s assessment that “Windows 7 was nothing more than Windows Vista Service Pack 3.” Thus, he opines further, “…we should give Vista, and its makers, the measure of respect they deserve.”

FWIW, I liked Windows Vista from the get-go. The UI was a big step up from Windows XP. Also, the OS seemed more robust and truer to the underlying Windows NT engine and spirit than XP ever did. Indeed, MS caught lots of flack because of the changes in device driver architecture. Alas, these stranded many devices (and the systems and people who used them) when they tried to upgrade from XP. But most of us figured out how to make our ways around this potential roadblock. Thus also, the concept of an Upgrade Assistant with pre-install hardware assessment capabilities also traces back to Vista as well.

Whatever your feelings about or recollections on Vista might be, Microsoft no longer supports it. And though some die-hards (or industrial/embedded systems) may not yet let go, it should otherwise vanish into the gloomy depths of ancient history very, very soon. Hasta la Vista, baby!