The world of technology is constantly moving forward, and no one has time for the past. This is also the case for Mozilla Firefox, which has recently announced that it will discontinue support for XP and Vista. Firefox ESR declared back in December that it will make its final decision in 2017, and it kept its promise.
Few browsers brought security updates for these Windows versions
“As one of the few browsers that continues to support Windows XP and Vista, Firefox users on these platforms can expect security updates until that date,” the browser announced.
Firefox is not the first browser that does that. In fact, most browsers have already dropped support for these versions. For example, Google Chrome abandoned XP and Vista back in April 2016, at version 50. It did the same thing for other older OS X versions such as OS X 10.8, OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Firefox will follow its example and it will also end the support for OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8.
In fact, even Microsoft gave up on Windows XP and Windows Vista. The tech giant stopped supporting them back in April 2014 (XP) and April 2017 (Vista). It is not recommended to continue to use outdated versions since they can be risky, and your security might be in danger. Also, your computer’s performance will be worse and you won’t be able to use any of the modern features. If do not like Windows 10 and you want to use an older version you can consider Windows 7 or Windows 8, since they are both two stable versions that come with plenty of functions and they receive Microsoft support, as well as support from all browsers.