Earlier this week, Blizzard Entertainment released a blog post. And in it, it announced that it will be ending its Windows XP and Vista support for some games.
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. is a video game developer and published. It is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard. Founded back in 1991, the company released its breakthrough game, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, some years later.
Since then, Blizzard launched a number of others famous games. These include the Warcraft sequels and World of Warcraft. It is also behind the Diablo series and Starcraft and Hearthstone.
But users playing such games on a Windows XP or Vista should start considering an upgrade. Earlier this week, Blizzard posted an announcement on battle.net. And in it, it revealed that it will stop offering support for its games for the respective Windows versions.
The news should not come as that big of a surprise. Microsoft itself, Windows’s parent, stopped offering support for the respective variants. The giant tech company ceased its mainstream support for Windows XP back in 2009. And the Windows Vista cease followed it in 2012.
Microsoft took this decision following the release of its newest Windows versions or 7,8, and 10.
Blizzard pointed out this same fact in its announcement. The video games company pointed out Microsoft’s decision to cease support for the respective versions.
But it also explained as follows. According to Blizzard, a “decent portion” of its audience still used the respective Windows versions. At least at the respective time.
As such, the company decided to keep on supporting the versions. It did so as it meant to offer its players the best possible experience.
Nonetheless, the situation has changed since then. In the blog post, Ornyx pointed out the following. This latter is the battle.net Community Manager. According to Ornyx, things started changing after the releases of Windows 7,8, and 10. Reportedly, the vast majority of their audience has since upgraded to at least one newer version.
Which also led the company to its current decision. Blizzard will initiate the end support process. For the moment, this will target Windows XP and Vista versions. The company will start the process sometimes later this year.
And it will stop offering Windows XP and Vista for a specific set of games. These will be World of Warcraft and Diablo III. StarCraft III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm are also on this list.
Blizzard will start rolling out a change. This will be made on a “staggered schedule”, according to Ornyx. And after the change is released, users will be unable to play the aforementioned games on older Windows variants.
Nonetheless, the company promised to inform its users before the roll out. It will be releasing an announcement as it will get closer to making the change for each specific game.
Ornyx also offered an ‘advice’. The blog post encouraged players still using a Windows XP or Vista OS to turn towards and try going for a newer version.
Blizzard will not be the only company to stop offering product support for Windows XP and Vista. Google also announced that it will cease offering Gmail support for Chrome users bellow version 53.
Although the service will continue being functional throughout the year, it will be less secure. And starting with December 2017, Chrome v53 or lower Gmail users will start being redirected to a basic HTML Gmail version.
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