Ubisoft announced that future updates to their online service Uplay will no longer be compatible with Windows Vista, although games will still be accessible.
In a post on the official support forums, Ubisoft noted that the end of support for Vista will allow the publisher to focus on “newer technologies” going forward, ensuring that Uplay will maintain a high level of security and stability in the future.
Ubisoft notes that games on the PC will still work for Vista users, but there will be no further updates for the Uplay PC client. Ubisoft also “strongly urges” those still using Windows Vista to upgrade their operating system to a stronger and more secure version of Windows.
Ubisoft is not the only publisher to end their support to the operating system. In February, Activision-Blizzard announced a similar decision regarding Windows XP and Vista support for their older games.
Windows Vista was released to the public on January 30th, 2007. Mainstream support by Microsoft ceased for Vista in 2012, but Microsoft still produces smaller updates for the operating system.
Microsoft announced recently that their extended support to Windows Vista will end on April 11, 2017.
Again, not really a surprise to see a big company like Ubisoft cut ties to what is effectively a legacy operating system. Like Activision-Blizzard before it, and no doubt a lot of developers and publishers soon, Windows Vista is going to stop getting support and updates as companies focus more on Windows 10 for their user-base.
At the very least, it is good that the games will still work on Vista, but the lack of updates might be problematic for players in the long run. Then again, the use of Uplay on the PC is often criticized by players anyway, so it might not be too big of a loss.
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