Vista is finally getting out of the market in April 2018, 12 years after its introduction. Windows Vista was made to replace Windows XP, and we have come full circle as both XP and Vista are retired, with Windows 7,8 and 10 ruling the space.
To be honest Vista was never a great success and many of the younger newer Web users may not even have heard of it.
This is the nature of the operating system business, as Windows has kept introducing new versions and editions of its OS, always adding more sophistication, security and features. In this fast evolving context the older editions are retired, but they were helpful in shaping what runs our Windows platforms today.
The few people who are still using Windows Vista will have to change OS! Microsoft has announced that it will no longer release an update or patch for this release. General support for Vista was discontinued in April 2012 but Microsoft was still offering extensive support, including security updates. The disappearance of these updates will make the system at the mercy of computer attacks, since security vulnerabilities will not be corrected in the future.
Windows Vista was launched in January 2007 to succeed Windows XP, a popular version of windows liked by users. It included a new version of the NT kernel, new search tools, better malware protection, and a new graphical interface called Aero. But the OS experienced many development difficulties and ultimately proved very disappointing. In particular, it suffered from a lot of heaviness with among other things, a significant consumption of RAM and excessive use of the hard disk.
Its detractors also deplored the User Account Control. Supposed to improve the security of the system, it issued untimely requests for binding authorization. Still, Vista sales were good, with the PC market up, while the OS became installed de facto on all PCs. But it has never convinced a majority of Windows XP users, who have for many preferred to keep their old system rather than switch to this heavy and impractical software.
It was necessary to wait for the release of Windows 7, in October 2009, for the confidence between Microsoft and its users be re-established again. As microsoft opted to avoid recycling rubbish, they created a completely different architecture after Vista, starting with Windows 7 and later Windows 10. As of Feb 2020, users are very happy with the latest version of Windows 10, very stable and not too slow assuming your device has sufficient RAM.