Firefox calls it quits on antiquated Windows XP, Vista

Mozilla remaining week close down Firefox’s enhance for Windows XP and Windows Vista, finishing browser safety updates for the out of date running programs.

“It required effort, and it required devoting resources to supporting XP well after Microsoft stopped doing so,” Chris Hutten-Czapski, a Firefox engineer, stated in a Sept. five publish to his private weblog. “It meant we couldn’t do other things, since we were busy with XP.”

Support for the 2 past-expiration-date OSes – Microsoft dropped Windows XP in April 2014, Vista in April 2017 – ended with Firefox ESR 59.nine, which was once launched June 26. That model was once supplanted by means of Firefox ESR 60.2 on Sept. four.

Firefox ESR, for “Extended Support Release,” is a model Mozilla problems to shoppers – essentially trade customers – who price steadiness over attractive new options. Unlike the usual Firefox, every ESR model receives simplest safety updates throughout its tenure. About annually, Mozilla replaces the present ESR with the then-current Firefox, then maintains each the previous and new ESR variations throughout a 12-week overlap duration. Firefox ESR 59’s overlap with ESR 60 started May 7, when the latter introduced, and ended Sept. four, when that date’s safety patches weren’t supplied for the previous.

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