Firefox 52 will be the last version for Windows XP & Windows Vista

Windows XP has been the darling of Windows users from more than a decade, in fact, most of the XP users are still very reluctant to upgrade. Microsoft themselves have ended the support for Windows XP more than two years ago and slowly the software makers are doing the same.


Firefox support ending for Windows XP & Vista users

Apparently, Windows Vista too has some loyal users despite being glitchy from the beginning and now Firefox has announced that the “Firefox version 52” will be the last complete update for Windows XP and Windows Vista. That said security updates will still be released but no new feature will make it to Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Firefox security updates for XP and Vista users will continue until September 2017, although new features will not be offered. In mid-2017, a final support end date will be announced based on the number of users still on Windows XP and Vista, says the blog post.

Until now Firefox was the only browser that supports Windows XP and Vista and this is despite Microsoft ending the support for Windows XP and the Windows Vista in 2017. The problem here for Firefox is that since the unsupported operating system doesn’t get updates from it will become very difficult for them to maintain the Firefox for these versions.

In case you are thinking of switching to a different browser, drop the idea since none of the browsers including Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer support Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Well, you can still use Firefox with Windows XP or Windows Vista and you will be automatically updated to the Extended Support Release version which will entitle the user for important Firefox security updates but no other features and updates. If you want to continue using Firefox with all the latest updates in place, the update to a Windows version that is still supported by Firefox, for instance, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

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Mahit Huilgol has been using Windows on PC and Mobile since long. He has been following Microsoft developments from close quarters and loves writing about it.


  1. James LaBarre

    If your machine can support MSWin XP or Vista, it can support Linux just as well (probably better). Consider it an upgrade that is actually an UPgrade.

  2. Little John

    The trouble with Linux is you cannot run Windows games or software. There is company selling Linux on a flash drive(thumb drive) for $25. The older machines don’t boot off a flash drive. There is learning curve with Linux because you are running a different OS. If you edit a letter from the office on Linux, the format will be blown away.

  3. shadow44

    Thanks for nothing Firefox. I see you’re on the get rid of XP bandwagon.

  4. tgbx

    You mean, the entire world except for you? Sometimes the problem isn’t everyone else. Sometime the problem is you.
    This is long overdue. XP’s time has long since passed. Your nostalgic attachment to it doesn’t mean it isn’t obsolete.

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