Windows 98 to get reprieve

Microsoft’s venerable operating system Windows 98 has won a reprieve with the vendor reversing plans to pull the plug on support for the still-popular OS.

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By  Peter Branton Published  January 12, 2004

Microsoft’s venerable operating system Windows 98 has won a reprieve with the vendor reversing plans to pull the plug on support for the still-popular OS. Microsoft has decided to extend paid-for support for users until 2006, just days before it was due to end phone support. Paid-for phone support was scheduled to end on January 16, this is now extended to 30 June 2006. While Microsoft said previously Windows 98 had reached the end of its life cycle, it is still a very popular OS, with a massive installed base. As many as 40% of users in the Middle East were still using the OS last year, according to the Windows Middle East reader survey of 2003. The decision to cut support for such a wide-spread OS had also raised strong security concerns with analysts worried that so many machines connected to the internet without security protection would be a risk for all users.

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