Mozilla has revealed that it is going to end the support of Firefox for Windows XP and Vista. The company has recently announced that users who still use the legacy Windows platform will not be able to get Firefox support in June 2018. Firefox users on these platforms can expect security updates until June 2018, but they should make an effort to upgrade their Windows version as soon as possible.
During the release of Firefox 53 in April 2017, Mozilla moved Windows XP and Vista users to Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR). Firefox ESR is intended for businesses, schools, universities, and other organizations that need help with mass deployments.
Given that Microsoft completely ended its support for Windows XP in 2014 and for Vista in April of this year, XP and Vista users are not able to upgrade to newer versions of Microsoft’s browser. That’s why, all XP and Vista users moved to third-party web browsers like Firefox, which is probably why Mozilla has continued its support this long. It’s not certain what percentage of Firefox users run the browser on the two aged operating systems, but analytics vendors portray both XP as well as Vista as minor players. Considering some vague reports, XP and Vista users have only 6.12% of the market share so Mozilla has finally decided that it’s time to end support for Firefox for Windows XP and Vista.
As the end date is drawing near, Mozilla prompts users to upgrade to a Microsoft-supported version of Windows as soon as possible. The company has announced,
“June 2018 as the final end of life date for Firefox support on Windows XP and Vista.”
In August 2016, Mozilla has dropped support for Firefox on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, and 10.8 Mountain Lion. And now, the company is finally pulling the plug on support for Windows XP and Vista, removing the last remaining supporting browser for the old operating systems.
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The announcement comes after Google stopped supporting these two operating systems back in 2016. Now, XP and Vista users are no longer able to use Chrome on their system. Although Firefox for Windows XP and Vista will continue to function, it will not receive any security updates or enhancements after June 2018 from the company.
There is always a huge security risk while choosing not to upgrade your operating system and continuing to use an unsupported browser. Therefore, it’s strongly recommended for such users to make use of this 9-month warning to prepare them for the forthcoming.
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