The Road to Super Bowl LI has begun!
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After 17 weeks and 256 games, the 2016 NFL regular season has come to a close. The final playoff standings have been revealed!

The defending Super Bowl L champion, Denver Broncos will not be returning to the post-season. The Broncos have been eliminated from playoff contention after finishing the regular season with a 9-7 (.563) record. The defending NFC champion, Carolina Hurricanes have also been eliminated from playoff contention as well as they finished the year with just 6 wins and 10 losses (.375).

There will now be a new Super Bowl champion once the playoffs are finished.

The New England Patriots are looking to win their fifth Super Bowl championship in franchise history after finishing the regular season with 14 wins and just two losses (.875).

The worst team in the NFL this year is the Cleveland Browns, who finished their 2016 regular season with just 1 win and 15 losses (.063). Their only win of the season came in Week 15, topping the San Diego Chargers to avoid joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only NFL team in franchise history to finish the season with no wins and 16 losses.

The day after the 2016 NFL regular season came to a close, five head coaches and one general manager were fired, one stepped down due to health reasons.

1. Rex Ryan, head coach of the Buffalo Bills was fired on Tuesday after almost two seasons with the team. He finished his overall record with 61 wins and 66 losses (.48).

His firing comes after the Bills lost 34 to 31 in overtime in Week 16 on Saturday to the Miami Dolphins. And in Week 17, the New York Jets dumped the Bills, 30 to 10. The Buffalo Bills have been eliminated from playoff contention for the 17th consecutive time as they finished the regular season with a 7-9 (.438) record.

2. Gary Kubiak has stepped away from coaching after 11 seasons due to health reasons.

This comes after his team, the Denver Broncos were eliminated from playoff contention following their loss in Week 16 of the NFL regular season. Last year, the Broncos finished at 12-4 (.75) and won Super Bowl L, this year they finished with a dismal 9-7 (.533) record. His record with the Broncos was 21-11 (.645) while his overall coaching record was 82-75 (.522).

3. Gus Bradley lost his job as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, ending his tenur with the second worst-winning percentage of any NFL head coach. Over the last three-plus seasons, he ended his record with just 14 wins and 48 losses (.226). The Jaguars finished the year with just 3 wins and 13 losses (.188).

4. Jeff Fisher fired from his job as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams (formerly the St. Louis Rams) after he finished 5 seasons with a dismal 31-45-1 (.403) record. The Rams lost the last 7 consecutive games to the very end of the regular season and finished with just 4 wins and 12 losses.

5. One of the worst teams in the AFC West and third worst in the AFC this year has had its head coach sacked. Mike McCoy fired from his head coaching job. His firing comes after four consecutive dismal seasons. His record was 28 wins and 38 losses (.438). The Chargers finished the regular season with 5 wins and 11 losses (.313).

6. The San Francisco 49ers did not do well at all this past season. The finished with the worst record on the NFC this year - just 2 wins and 14 losses (.125).

As a consequence, the 49ers fired head coach Chip Kelly and General Manager Trent Baalke. Chip Kelly's current overall record is 28-35 (.452).

With that said, here is the final NFL standings for 2016 and how the top six NFL teams in each league qualified for the playoffs:

* Final AFC Standings
1. New England Patriots+++: 14-2 (.875)
2. Kansas City Chiefs++: 12-4 (.75)
3. Oakland Raiders+: 12-4 (.75)
4. Pittsburgh Steelers++: 11-5 (.688)
5. Miami Dolphins+: 10-6 (.625)
6. Houston Texans++: 9-7 (.563)

The following teams in the AFC have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos**, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans


* Final NFC Standings
1. Dallas Cowboys+++: 13-3 (.813)
2. Atlanta Falcons++: 11-5 (.688)
3. New York Giants+: 11-5 (.688)
4. Seattle Seahawks++: 10-5-1 (.656)
5. Detroit Lions+: 9-7 (.563)
6. Green Bay Packers++: 10-6 (.625)

The following teams in the NFC have been eliminated from playoff contention are: San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers*, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings

+++ Clinched home field Advantage
++ Clinched division title
+ Clinched wildcard spot
** Defending Super Bowl Champion
* Defending AFC/NFC Champion



ESPN and ABC will simultaneously broadcast the first game of the AFC Wildcard playoff while NBC will broadcast the NFC Wildcard playoff game on Saturday. On Sunday, CBS will broadcast the other AFC Wildcard playoff game while FOX will broadcast the other NFC Wildcard playoff game.

Next weekend, FOX will broadcast the NFC Divisional playoff games. CBS will broadcast the first AFC Divisional playoff game while NBC will broadcast the second AFC Divisional playoff game in the following day.

FOX will broadcast the NFC Championship Game and CBS will broadcast the AFC Championship Game on the 22th.

FOX has held the right to host Super Bowl LI on Sunday, 5 February 2017.

And now, here's how the first round of the NFL playoffs have been set up:

* AFC Wildcard Playoffs
(3) Oakland Raiders vs. (6) Houston Texans, Sat @ 4:35 PM EST on ABC/ESPN
(4) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. (5) Miami Dolphins, Sun @ 1:05 PM EST on CBS

The following teams in the AFC receive first-round byes and will face off against each other in the Divisional Playoffs:

(1) New England Patriots vs. (3) Oakland Raiders/(6) Houston Texans, Sat 1/14 @ 8:15 PM EST on CBS
(2) Kansas City Chiefs vs. (4) Pittsburgh Steelers/(5) Miami Dolphins, Sun 1/15 @ 1:05 PM EST on NBC


* NFC Wildcard Playoffs
(3) New York Giants vs. (6) Green Bay Packers, Sun @ 4:40 PM EST on FOX
(4) Detroit Lions vs. (5) Seattle Seahawks, Sat @ 8:15 PM EST on NBC

The following teams in the AFC receive first-round byes and will face off against each other in the Divisional Playoffs:

(1) Dallas Cowboys vs. (3) New York Giants/(6) Green Bay Packers, Sun 1/15 @ 4:40 PM EST on FOX
(2) Atlanta Falcons vs. (4) Detroit Lions/(5) Seattle Seahawks, Sat 1/14 @ 4:35 PM EST on FOX

The winner of the Wildcard Playoffs will advance to face off against the top two seeded teams in the conference in the Divisional Round and those who survive the Divisional Round will face off again in the Conference Championship games for the right to advance to Super Bowl LI on Sunday, 5 February 2017.

The losers will be eliminated and will go home for the new year.

Enjoy the NFL post-season!

Hello, 2017!
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First journal entry of 2017!

Sorry to make things short, but Happy New Year! :D
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Goodbye, 2016...
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This is going to be the last journal in 2016!

I would like to wish everyone the best a happy a prosperous 2017.

The new year is just around the corner!

Notable people we lost...
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Here are the list of notable people that we lost this month alone and last month as well:

* Florence Henderson (1934 - 2016)
Florence Anges Henderson, best remembered for her starring role as matriarch Carol Brady on the ABC sitcom, "The Brady Bunch" which ran from 1969 to 1974, died on Thanksgiving Day, 24 November 2016 from heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 82 years old.

Born on 14 February 1934 in Dale, Indiana, she was a actress and singer whose career spanned more than 62 years.

She was preceded by the death of her second husband, Dr. John George Kappas whom she married in 1987. He died in 2002. Her first husband was Ira Bernstein in 1956 and the couple divorced in 1985. She had four grandchildren.

For more information on the life of Florence Henderson, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Henderson


* John Glenn (1921 - 2016)
John Herschel Glenn Jr., who was notable for orbiting the Eath, circling it three teams in 1962, died at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. His cause of death was not determined. He was 95 years old.

Born in Cambridge, Ohio on 18 July 1921, he was an aviator, engineer, astronaut and United States Senator from Ohio.

He was survived by his wife, Annie Castor whom he married in 1943. They had 2 children.

For more information on the life of John Glenn, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Glenn


* Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917 - 2016)
Zsa Zsa Gabor, an Hungarian-American actress and socialite, died from a massive heart attack at her home in Bel Air in Los Angeles. She was 99 years old and was less than two months before she would have become a centenarian.

Born as Sari Gabor on 6 February 1917 in Budapest, Hungary, her career spanned 62 years before she retired from acting. She was married nine times, divorced seven times and one marriage in 1983 was annulled. She had two sisters, Eva (1919 - 1995) and Madga (1915 - 1997). She has only one child, Francesca Hilton (1947 - 2016). Her daughter died from a large stroke in early 2015.

For more information on the life of Zsa Zsa Gabor, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zsa_Zsa_Gabor


* George Michael (1963 - 2016)
George Michael, who was best known for hit singles such as "Last Christmas" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" when he was with the duo, Wham! and his solo albums, "Faith" (1987) and "Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1" (1990), died early Christmas morning, 25 December 2016 at his home in Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshere, England from suspected heart failed. He was only 53 years old.

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchey in London on 25 June 1963, he was a English singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!

He sold more than 100 million records worldwide and his debut solo album, "Faith" sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

He had a relationship with his boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, a celebrity hairstylist and a freelance photographer of Lebanese descent based in London. He was survived by his father and two sisters, Melanie and Yioda. He was also never married and had no children of his own.

This is in no relation with the sportscaster (1939 - 2009) who was a disc jockey and was the host of the Sports Machine.

For more information on the life of George Michael, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Michael


* Carrie Fisher (1956 - 2016)
Carrie Francis Fisher, who was best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series, died in intensive care at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, 27 December at 8:55 AM PST, four days after her medical emergency. The cause of her death was complications from a heart attack.

She suffered a heart attack fifteen minutes before the United Airlines flight from London landed at Los Angeles International Airport. She was 60 years old.

Born in Burbank, California, she was a actress, writer, producer and humanist whose career spanned 47 years. She was proceeded by the deaths of Eddie Fisher (1928 - 2010) and Debbie Reynolds (1932 - 2016). She was survived by her spouse Paul Simon whom she married in 1983 and divorced in 1984. She had only one child Bille Lourd (b. 17 July 1992).

For more information on the life of Carrie Fisher, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Fisher


* Debbie Reynolds (1932 - 2016)
Debbie Reyonlds, who was best known for her breakout role that came in the portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film, "Three Little Words", died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a severe stroke.

She was proceeded by the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher (1956 - 2016), survived by her son Todd Fisher (b. 24 February 1958) and her granddaughter Bille Lourd (b. 17 July 1992). Her son concluded that the emotional stress caused by her daughter's deah the day before has seriously affected his mother and was partially responsible for her stroke. Noting that her last words were, "I want to be with Carrie." She was 84 years old.

Born as Mary Frances Reynolds on 1 April 1932 in El Paso, Texas, she was a actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian and humanitarian.

For more information on the life of Debbie Reynolds, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Reynolds

They will all be deeply missed...

Attack on Pearl Harbor: 75 years ago
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It was on this day in 1941 that the Imperial Japanese Navy carried out a surprise attack on the Untied States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The attack occurred at 7:48 AM HST. 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. The surprise military strike that morning led to the United States entry into World War II.

For more information on the history of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Pearl_Harbor

Chicago Cubs: 2016 World Series Champs!
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From curse to first, next year is finally hear and the wait is finally over! The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series for the first time since 1908.

108 years of frustration and generations of patience have paid off, finally. This is also the Cubs' third World Series title in franchise history.

The Cubs were on the brink of elimination, but they managed to come back from a three games to one deficit to defeat the American League champion, Cleveland Indians in a very close call by a score of 8 to 7 in 10 innings. The Cubs eliminate the Indians, four games to three.

With the Cubs win and the end to the curse of the Billy Goat, this now leaves the Cleveland Indians with the longest World Series drought of 68 years and counting. In total, this year's 112th edition of the World Series had a combined drought total of 176 years.

The average time of the 112th World Series was 3 hours and 42 minutes with a average attendance record of 39,658 (peak attendance record was Game 5 with 41,711). Prior to the top of the 10th inning, there was a 17 minute rain delay. #18 Second Baseman, Ben Zobrist was awarded the 2016 World Series Most Valuable Player.

He was credited for getting the game winning RBI double in the top of the 10th inning in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. Throughout the World Series, he scored an average of 4 at bat, 6 runs, 10 hits, 2 doubles, a triple, 2 runs batted in, 3 bases on balls and 4 strikeouts.

Other teams have ended the curse years before including the Chicago White Sox in 2005 (their last World Series title was in 1916) and the Boston Red Sox in 2004 (their last World Series title was in 1917).

Since the Indians lost the World Series in a very close call, they'll try again next year to end their longest World Series drought.

Now, with all of that said, the Major League Baseball season now heads into the 2016-2016 off-season. Including Spring Training, the All-Star Game and the postseason, the 2016 MLB calendar year lasted a record 248 days or nearly 37 weeks.

The 2017 MLB calendar year will begin anew on Sunday, 26 February 2017 with Spring Training. Opening Night of the 2017 MLB regular season will begin on Sunday, 2 April 2017 with the New York Yankees taking on the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks!

For now, after 108 years of frustration, patience has finally paid off! Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs, champions of baseball for the first time since 1908!

2016 World Series
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Since the start of the 2016 MLB postseason, there were ten teams that qualified for the playoffs. And now, only two teams are left standing. The American League Champion, Cleveland Indians and the National League Champion, Chicago Cubs. This will be for the ultimate prize...the World Series championship!

The 112th edition of the World Series will begin this Tuesday, 25 October 2016 and if necessary, will conclude with Game 7 on Wednesday, 2 November 2016. If Game 6 is necessary, this will be the first of two World Series games to be played into November.

American League Champion: Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians finished the regular season with a 94-67 (.564) record and finished first in the American League Central Division. The Indians make their first World Series appearance since 1997 and their sixth appearance overall. Along with their first wildcard berth, they won eight Central Division titles.

Out of the sixth Fall Classic appearances, they lost their three series in their history, losing to the New York Giants in 1954, the Atlanta Braves in 1995 and the Florida Marlins in 1997. The Indians are looking to win their first World Series title since 1948.

Looking back at their postseason run, the Indians receieved a first-round bye in the American League Wildcard Game. It wasn't until the American League Division Series when the Indians eliminated the Boston Red Soxs in three games (three games to none). In the next round, the Indians eliminated the Toronto Blue Jays in five games (four games to one) in the American League Championship Series.

#24 Relief Pitcher, Andrew Miller was awared the 2016 ALCS Most Valuable Player. He was credited for scoring 3 hits, 14 strikeouts, 2 saves, 9 holds and a average of 4.15 innings pitched in the ALCS.

National League Champion: Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs finished the regular season with 103 wins and 58 losses (.563). The Cubs not only finished first in the National League Central, but they finished with the best record in Major League Baseball this year.

The Cubs make their 11th appearance in the modern World Series since 1903. The Cubs won two World Series championships in 1907 and 1908 against the Detroit Tigers. What caused the curse of the billy goat is that the Cubs lost eight other World Series appearances. In 1906 against the Chicago White Sox, in 1910 against the Philadelphia Athletics, in 1918 against the Boston Red Sox, in 1928 against the Philadelphia Athletics, in 1932 against the New York Yankees, in 1935 against the Detroit Tigers, in 1938 against the New York Yankees and in 1945 against the Detroit Tigers.

And now, the wait is finally over! The Cubs make their first World Series since 1945 and are looking to end their longest curse by winning their first World Series title since 1908 and their third World Series championship overall.

#9 Infielder/Third Base Javier Baez and #34 Starting Pitcher, John Lester were awarded the 2016 NLCS Co-MVP awards!

Javier Baez made 22 at bats, 3 runs, 7 hits, 4 doubles, 5 runs batted in, 4 strikeouts and 2 stolen bases. Jon Lester made a average of 6.5 innings pitched, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 home run, 2 bases on balls, 8 strikeouts and a average ERA of 1.44. He won in Game 6 of the NLCS.


This historic matchup features two franchises with the longest World Series droughts, a combined 176 years without a championship. The previous longest combined drought was 132 years in 2005 when the Chicago White Sox won the World Series since 1917 leaving the Houston Astros without a title even if it was their first Fall Classic in 44 years.

Will the Chicago Cubs end their longest World Series drought and win their first World Series title since 1908 or will the Cleveland Indians win their first World Series since 1948 only to extend the Cubs' curse?

Find out during the World Series!

Anyways, enjoy the 2016 World Series!

The road to the 2016 World Series has begun!
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After more than six months, the 2016 Major League Baseball season has come to a close!

However, there are no GM firings today. Walt Wiess, GM for the Colorado Rockies decided to step down after finishing the regular season with a 75-87 (.463) record with a overall GM record of 283-365 (.516). Although he was pleased with the direction the team was heading, it wasn't enough for the Rockies to make it back to the playoffs.

Sadly, the defending World Series champion, the Kansas City Royals will not defending their championship after all. The Royals finished 3rd in the National League Central with a 81-81 (.5) record, 13 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians.

Also for the first time since 2010, the St. Louis Cardinals will miss the playoffs after the San Francisco Giants won their final game. This leaves the Cardinals finishing with a 86-76 (.531) record and 17 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs.

Speaking of the Cubs, they have the best record in Major League Baseball! The Cubs finish the regular season with 103 wins and 58 losses (.64). The worst team in Major League Baseball this season is the Minnesota Twins. They finish the season with 59 wins and 103 losses (.364).

Now that the playoff race has come to a end, only two surviving teams in each league will make it all the way to the 2016 World Series and only one World Series champion will be crowned. Here are the final standings for the five best teams in the league and how they finished out this past season:

Final American League Standings
1. West: Texas Rangers+++ (95-67, .586)
2. Central: Cleveland Indians++ (94-67, .584)
3. East: Boston Red Sox++ (93-69, .574)
4. East: Baltimore Orioles+ (89-73, .549)
5. East: Toronto Blue Jays+ (89-73, .549)

The following teams in the American League that were eliminated from playoff contention are: Los Angeles Angels of Amaheim, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals**, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees

Final National League Standings
1. Central: Chicago Cubs++++ (103-58, .64)
2. East: Washington Nationals++ (95-67, .586)
3. East: Los Angeles Dodgers++ (91-71, .562)
4. West: New York Mets+* (87-75, .537)
5. West: San Francisco Giants+ (87-75, .537)

The following teams in the National League that were eliminated from playoff contention are: Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies

++++ - Best record in Major League Baseball
+++ - Clinched best record w/Home Field Advantage in the post-season
++ - Clinched Division title
+ - Clinched Wildcard
** - Defending World Series champion
* - Defending American/National League Champion
strike - Eliminated after losing Wildcard tiebreaker


The top team in bold-italics indicate team with the best record in the league. The figures in (parenthesis) indicate wins, losses and percentage of wins.

So with that all said, this is how the first round of the MLB post-season is going to look like:

American League Wildcard Game
(4) Baltimore Orioles vs. (5) Toronto Blue Jays

National League Wildcard Game
(4) New York Mets vs. (5) San Francisco Giants

Prior to the start of the League Division Series, the six surviving MLB teams that made it to the postseason will receive a first-round bye. The winners of the League Wildcard Game will face the following teams in the League Division Series:

American League Division Series
(1) Texas Rangers vs. (4/5) Baltimore Orioles or Toronto Blue Jays
(2) Boston Red Soxs vs (3) Cleveland Indians

National League Division Series
(1) Chicago Cubs vs. (4/5) San Francisco Giants or New York Mets
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. (3) Washington Nationals

Because the American League for the fourth time won the 87th Major League Baseball All Star Game by a score of 4 to 2, the Americal League gets Home Field Advantage in the World Series for the third year in a row.

The winners of the League Division Series will advance to the next round, the League Championship Series with the right to represent the league champion in the 112th edition of the World Series The losers of the MLB playoffs will be eliminated and head home for the rest of the year.

Enjoy the postseason!

Arnold Palmer (1929 - 2016)
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Arnold Daniel Palmer, a professional golfer, who is regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history, died on Sunday night following complications from heart problems while awaiting heart surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Shadyside) in Pittsburgh. He was admitted three days prior to undergo testing on his heart. He was 87.

Born in Latrose, Pennsylvania on 10 September 1929, he turned professional in 1954 and throughout his career, he scored 95 professional wins. 62 wins were from the PGA Tour (5th all time) and 10 of them were from the Champions Tour. He retired from professioanl golf in 2006.

He married Winner Palmer for 45 years, before dying at the age of 64 on 20 November 1999 due to complications from ovarian cancer. He was survived by Kathleen Gawthrop whom he married in 2005. He had one grandson, Sam Saunders (b. 1987), a professional golfer.

He will be missed.

For more information on the life of Arnold Palmer, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Palmer

Mozilla to kill Windows XP/Vista
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For the past few years since software companies one by one gave up on Windows 2000 and older versions of Windows. And now, years later, it's now Mozilla's turn to give up on Windows XP and Windows Vista support after nearly 13 1/2 years.

Firefox 52 (for which it will be supported until 18 April 2017) will be last mainstream release to support Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows 7 without Service Pack 1. Users who are on these obsolete and soon to be unsupported OSes will be given a reprieve when Firefox 52 moves to the Extended Support Release branch, so these Oses will only receive limited support and continue getting patches until 12 May 2018.

After that, users on Windows XP and Windows Vista will be clearly out of luck.

It does NOT matter if you are running Windows XP on a real machine or in a virtualised environment (under Windows XP mode in Windows 7 for example), the remaining users who haven't upgrade to Windows 7 SP1 or newer, are gonna have to stick to Firefox 52 for good or move to a different browser.

It's no loss to more than 9% of internet connected users who are still running Windows XP and barely over 1% of internet connected users on Windows Vista.

Despite the popularity of Windows XP, market share doe not matter. Mozilla acknowledges that it is becoming increasingly difficult to deliver new features on Windows XP and Windows Vista and that's the main reason why both of these OSes are being moved to the ESR branch.

Importing new features on Windows XP and Windows Vista will risk breaking the functionality of the browser startup due to the web browsing features that will contain numerous system dependencies that will not work.

There are also reasons why Mozilla will stop supporting Windows XP/Vista after mid-2018:

1. Windows XP was released in October 2001. The OS had three service packs and Microsoft dropped support on 8 April 2014. Windows XP's server counterpart, Windows Server 2003 was released in April 2003 with two service pack and Microsoft dropped support for it on 14 July 2015.
2. Windows Vista was released in January 2007. The OS had two service packs and by the time Firefox 53 is released, Microsoft will have officially dropped support. Windows Vista loses all support on 11 April 2017.
3. Google already dropped Windows XP and Windows Vista support with the release of Google Chrome 50 on 14 April 2016.

The changes to supported operating systems come after Mozilla dropped support for the following OSes:

* Mac OS X 10.6-10.8 support with the release of Firefox 47 last month
* Mac OS X 10.5 with the release of Firefox 17 on 20 November 2012
* Windows 2000, Windows XP < SP2 and Windows Server 2003 RTM with the release of Firefox 13 on 4 June 2012

Users on Windows XP/Vista who use Adobe should realise that Adobe will not hesitate to stop providing updates to its Flash Player and Shockwave Player sometime next year or in 2018.

By the time Firefox ESR 52 reaches EOL, Windows 7 will only have more than 1 1/2 years of support remaining (EOL in January 2020).

It will only be a matter of time when Mozilla does away with Windows support as a whole once Windows 10 reaches end of life in October 2025.

For more information on Mozilla ending Windows XP/Vista support read these articles:

1. http://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/27/firefox-53-no-support-for-windows-xp-or-vista/
2. http://news.softpedia.com/news/firefox-53-will-drop-support-for-windows-xp-and-windows-vista-508688.shtml

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