Monday, April 17, 2006

Microsoft support for Windows 98, ME to end in July

Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) and Windows Millennium Edition (ME) are nearing the end of their support from Microsoft Corp.

The software vendor will stop supporting these operating system editions on July 11, according to information on its Web site.

On that date, all public and technical support for the products will be suspended, and Microsoft also will stop security updates for the operating systems, the company said. However, online self-help support will be available on Microsoft's support Web site until at least July 11, 2007.

Microsoft says the operating systems are "outdated" and pose security risks to customers, which is why it is ending support for them, according to its Web site. Microsoft recommends that customers still running them upgrade to newer versions of Windows, such as Windows XP, as soon as possible.