Win98 gets a reprieve

Like Mark Twain, Microsoft Windows 98 has survived the reports of its death.

Microsoft Corp. had planned to pull the support plug this week on Win98, Win98 Second Edition and Windows Millennium Edition operating systems but now has extended the termination date to June 30, 2006.

That means paid technical assistance will continue and Microsoft will continue to issue security patches as needed.

Recent surveys have found that up to 20 percent of the world's PCs still run Win9x. But Microsoft said it was mostly concerned about small and third-world nations, whose users apparently were not aware of the termination.

'We have found that we could use more time to communicate those guidelines in a handful of smaller markets," said Microsoft spokesman Matt Pilla, citing the Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan and Slovenia.

Microsoft usually provides four to seven years of support after the launch of a new product. More information about support phase-outs of numerous Microsoft products appears online.

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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