Thursday, July 4, 2013

LCARS 47 Decision to Cut Support for Microsoft® Windows® 98™, ME™, 2000™, NT®, and XP™


With the ever advancing technological market, opening up new possibilities enabled by cutting edge technology innovations, we have therefore decided to take advantage of such technologies. To this end, backward compatibility with Windows 98, ME, 2000, NT, and XP will come to an end with the release of LCARS 47 version 6.2.1.

Microsoft® .NET Framework™ 3.0/4.0

Most new applications in LCARS 47 require Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 which is currently not supported by Microsoft Windows 98, ME, and 2000. It is also not natively supported by Microsoft Windows XP, however it is available to XP users as an optional update through Windows Update. Due to the requirement of Microsoft .NET 4.0 and the added barriers for Windows XP users obtaining it, we feel that, at this time, we do not have the resources to provide support on this front as the overhead would be prohibitively costly to the project both financially, and with regards to time management.

Microsoft® Speech Recognition API

VoiceCommand uses the Microsoft Speech Recognition API which was first released with Microsoft Windows Vista, and no available compatible alternative exist for previous Windows operating systems.


With all this, LCARS 47 may still work, in places, with previous versions of Microsoft Windows. We will not however, have an official end user support line for LCARS 47 running on the titular operating systems of this document.