Microsoft to release security patches – but ditching 98 and ME security support

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Microsoft’s monthly "patch Tuesday" will be busier than usual, with the computer giant set to release 12 security updates for its products, nine of which are for Windows and two for Office which are described as "critical". All should be downloaded to your machine if you have the "automatically update" setting in place.

But if you’re still using Windows 98 and Windows ME, it nmight be a good time to consider updating your operating system, with the company announcing it will no longer patch a critical security vulnerability in both operating systems – leaving them open to outside influence.

A patch to fix a security bug was released for later operating systems on April 11th, with Microsoft promising a patch for older systems at a later date. Now the company has said it’s "not feasible" to patch them up. All support for Windows 98 and Millennium Edition will expire in the next few months.

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Dave Walker