Blizzard Entertainment has released a statement to announce the end Windows XP and Windows Vista support. The support will not end in a flash but the process will kick off later this year.
The process will affect World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Microsoft ended mainstream support for these windows a long time ago.
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.
Blizzard Entertainment will keep supporting Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. Players should start shifting to Windows 10, 7 or others soon. There aren’t many left still using Windows XP or Vista so this shouldn’t be a problem for the gaming community.
If you are still using Windows XP or Windows Vista, now is the time to say goodbye to your old operating systems.
Source: Blizzard Entertainment