Microsoft Corp. will extend support for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium Edition (Me) through June 30, 2006, the company said Jan. 12, reversing a decision from last month.

Support for Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition had been scheduled to expire on Jan. 16 and for Windows Me on Dec. 31 (see http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=4792), but the software giant decided to keep supporting those systems, in large part because some customers in developing countries were not aware it was ending.

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