Thanks to other countries – Windows support is extended.

My spin: Listen, I’m sure millions of you still use Windows 98. Hey even one of my daily use PCs has Windows 98 on it. It works fine so why change it?
Thanks to some developing countries, many whose users still use Windows 98, Microsoft is going to extend support.
Reuters: U.S. software maker Microsoft MSFT.O said on Tuesday it would continue to offer support to customers who still own versions of its Windows 98 operating system, in a move aimed to sooth developing countries.
Extended Support for Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE had been scheduled to come to an end on Friday, January 16, while Windows Me support had been scheduled to end December 31, 2004.
The company has now decided to lengthen the Extended Support phase for Windows 98, Windows 98 SE and Windows Millennium Edition (Me) through June 30, 2006.
It bit the bullet after it emerged that many users in developing countries who still rely on Windows 98 were confused about Microsoft’s support guidelines. These were shorter for some Windows 98 products than for its more recent batch of Windows operating systems like Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
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