Steam Ending Windows XP and Vista Support

Valve announces they are ending Steam client support for Windows XP and Windows Vista as of January 1, 2019 (thanks Reddit via Ant). They say some Steam functionality will be limited between now and then for those versions of Windows, and as of the new year the client will cease functioning altogether for XP and Vista:
Starting on January 1 2019, Steam will officially stop supporting the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. This means that after that date the Steam Client will no longer run on those versions of Windows. In order to continue running Steam and any games or other products purchased through Steam, users will need to update to a more recent version of Windows.

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.

For the remainder of 2018 Steam will continue to run and to launch games on Windows XP and Windows Vista, but other functionality in Steam will be somewhat limited. For example, new features such as the new Steam Chat will not be available. We encourage all users on these operating systems to upgrade to newer versions of Windows in order to have ongoing access to the latest features of Steam, and to ensure future access to all games and other Steam content.
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 12, 2018, 20:07:
gsilver wrote on Jun 12, 2018, 18:26:
I like the way that this creates paradoxes for certain games, like Fallout 3, that don't run properly with Windows 7+
Interesting point. I'd be interested to hear how much work has been done to continue to support those OSes over the last year. I mean, they aren't getting updated right? So what is the problem? What is Vavle having to do?

That said, if only .22% of the customers are impacted, it's difficult to criticize them too much. And that's coming from someone who is still on Win7 for various reasons...

Back when I designed a plugin for IE that worked with our web site and files on the users machine... roughly 50% of our testing time and debugging time went into supporting Windows 95, 98, ME and NT4 (I think). Basically the developers (myself included) were on new XP and Vista machines and all the code there typically worked... but then we had to have countless bug reports and fixes for all the things that were different. Vista and NT4 had imcompatible security models (UAC is old news now, but was new at the time).

Plus IE worked different on each (especially NT4).

When we convinced them to drop 95, 98 and ME completely... (around the time Windows 7 came out)... it freed up a whole QA person and developer to work on new stuff instead of just patching old stuff.

I don't know how big Steam is, but I have no trouble believing keeping them going eats up a lot of testing and development time.
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