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, 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.

"While we've done an excellent


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