It has been 16 years since Microsoft officially launched Windows Vista in Beijing on November 30, 2006.
Vista, which Microsoft had high hopes for, turned out to be the most controversial generation in Windows history, both for its advanced design concepts and for all sorts of bad experiences.
Vista is a huge step forward with the beautiful Areo Glass interface, the new NT 6.0 core, the NAP network security protection, UAC user account control, super prefetch, Media Center, desktop gadgets, and more.
However, the abnormal hardware requirements, poor hardware compatibility, confusing SKU version division, aggressive security policies, etc., have been criticized by users and media alike.
In response, Microsoft reinvented Windows 7 as a generation classic, on a par with Windows XP, and one that still has legions of users reluctant to leave.
On April 10, 2012, Vista mainstream technical support ended.
On April 11, 2017, all technical support for Vista ended.