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Blizzard is dropping support for Windows XP and Vista

Blizzard is dropping support for Windows XP and Vista

Blizzard is dropping support for Windows XP and Vista

Blizzard is dropping support for Windows XP and Vista

 
Blizzard now plans to drop support for Windows XP and Vista, preventing games like WoW, Starcraft 2, Diablo III, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm from playing on them.  
 
Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in 2009 and stopped supporting Vista in 2012, with most PC gamers moving to newer operating systems like Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 since then. Now Blizzard has plans on dropping support for these OS' from both Battle.net and from each of the games listed above. 

  

     Starting later this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them. However, there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions.

After these older operating systems are no longer supported, the games will not run on them, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. We’ll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game.

 

This is a very smart move from Blizzard, as maintaining support for older operating systems has gotten increasingly difficult as each of their games are updated. With such a small number of gamers using these operating systems, verifying that every new game expansion and update functions properly on them becomes almost a complete waste of effort. 

 

Blizzard is dropping support for Windows XP and Vista  

The reason why Blizzard can safely drop support for these older operating systems is because there is almost nobody that currently using them, at least for gaming applications. Beyond that these OS' also lack any security support from Microsoft, making these OS' unsafe for even basic internet browsing. To say the least, anyone using these OS' should consider upgrading to a new one, even if just for peace of mind. 

 

You can join the discussion on Blizzard's plans to drop support for Windows XP and Vista from their games on the OC3D Forums

 

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18-02-2017, 16:10:02

Dicehunter
Not a bad choice IMO considering security updates have stopped for those OS' for standard consumers.Quote

18-02-2017, 17:26:36

darnn
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Not a bad choice IMO considering security updates have stopped for those OS' for standard consumers.
this has very little to do with security issues of Blizzard games. 99% of hacks come from using the same email for bnet and outsource forums like MMO-Champion or Enjin, and/or using the same password for WoW and websites similar to mentioned before. Knowledge comes from 9 years of playing Blizz games of me and my friends and many chats with GMs about security issues. Myself I was hacked twice, before Battle.net app was launched back in Wotlk in 2010. Since I bound battle net to fresh gmail acc that has absolutelly nothing else on it, I had 0 security compromises. Obviously now Authenticator helps aswell.

The only ever know to me issue of person being hacked for any other reason than being insecure with your email/password was my old guildie who got hacked due to outdated java or some other app on his PC. This explanation comes from GM who spoke with him afterwards, back then it was apparently a real issue.Quote

18-02-2017, 21:06:38

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by darnn View Post
this has very little to do with security issues of Blizzard games.
Thats not what Dice was talking about.
He was saying it's not a bad idea since Microsoft no longer offers security updates for XP and Vista is just a pile of garbage no one uses anymore.Quote
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