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End of support for Windows XP and Windows Vista

fbilki (Moderator / Admin (AUS)) 7 years ago in News updated 6 years ago 0

Micromine 2016, due for release in the second quarter of 2016, will not run on Windows XP or Windows Vista.


Ending support for an operating system is a serious decision and there are many reasons for doing so, not the least of which are improved compatibility, security, stability, usability and performance. This is the first time we have dropped an operating system since we stopped supporting Windows 2000 back in 2009.


Looking ahead, dropping XP and Vista allows us to take advantage of modern development tools and features, like modern graphics rendering, that were introduced in Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10. We would not be able to use these features if we still supported XP and Vista.


If you are an XP or Vista user, your system hardware is probably somewhere between 6 and 14 years old. Although you could upgrade your machine to Windows 10 for relatively low cost, we recommend that you purchase a new Windows 10 computer. If you choose to upgrade your existing hardware, be aware that Windows XP and vista are not eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade.


All operating systems have a finite life and our support cycle is consistent with the Windows lifecycle; Microsoft terminated long-term support for XP in April 2014 and mainstream support for Vista in April 2012, with long-term support ending in 2017:


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For more information on the Windows lifecycle, refer to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle.