Blizzard Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista Later This Year
Looks like Microsoft isn’t the only company no longer supporting older versions of Windows. Blizzard has officially announced the final end of support for Windows XP and Vista. Affected games include Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Heartstone, Diablo, and Heroes of the Storm.
According to a post on Blizzard’s Battle.net community forums,
Starting later this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. 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.
It’s unlikely that this move will step on anyone’s toes and it’s actually quite a wonder that Blizzard has maintained support for the older operating systems for so long. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP 3 years ago and extended support for Windows Vista will end in April of this year. If your computer can’t handle newer operating systems, 2017 may be the year to upgrade to a new rig.