http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5164450.stm 70 million people are using your product and you shut down the support for it. But is this their real motive??? But also said you should be cautious to go online with 98. So...what do they really want you to do? That's right. Buy a new PC and a new OS. Consume. Consume. Consume. I guess for some an option would be to go the linux route. But this won't even enter most people's minds. In a way it is sad. All these old pieces of hardware are basically still working ok. Quality stuff...survivors. And then the richest bastards in the world are scheming to get rid of them and get even richer. And say fuck you to for instance the environment in the process. How long is a company supposed to support a piece of software? Windows 98. It hit the market in June 1998. In 2000 ME was launched. Basically a buggy version of 98. 1998-2006...that's 8 years. But XP wasn't introduced till 2001. You could still have bought 98 at this point in time and beyond it. So you could have had 98 for 5 years or even less. Seems short to me.