Valve has been working hard to bring significant changes into Steam, among the most significant have been, the requirement of parental consent for children under the age of 16 and censorship of sexualized content. Now though seems like Valve is moving ahead in its development and they can no longer support, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
On official website, they have posted that Steam will no longer be supporting Windows XP and Windows Vista, starting 1st January 2019. What this means is that Steam Client will no longer run, on these older version of windows. So those users who have been using the this platform, on Windows Vista and Windows XP will need to update their OS to a more recent version, or at least to Windows 7.
In an attempt to elaborate the reason for why such a change, they said that:
The newest features in Steam rely on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which no longer functions on older versions of Windows. In addition, future versions of Steam will require Windows feature and security updates only present in Windows 7 and above.
Now for the remaining 2018 year, Steam will continue to run and launch all the games that have been scheduled on Windows XP and Windows Vista, but other functions like, Steam Chat might be limited to the users, using older versions of Windows.
Finally, Valve urges all the users using these older operating systems to upgrade at their earlier convenience, in order to avail the ongoing access to the latest features. Doing this will also ensure future access to all games and other content.
So, if you are using Windows XP or Windows Vista, we would recommend you to update as soon as possible, before any complications occur.
With all that said, what do you think about steam making such changes? Let us know what you think in the comments below.