Following through with plans first announced more than two years ago, software giant Microsoft Corp. said it will stop offering support services next month for computer users--including school customers--whose machines are still running the Windows 98 operating system.

The decision could have significant implications for schools. According to market research firm Quality Education Data, more than a third (34 percent) of K-12 schools still use Windows 98 computers. Although most school district technology plans call for computer upgrades at least once every five years, tight budgets in the last few years have led many schools...

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