Important announcement on add-on compatibility: Resource Monitor, Windows 10 App Essentials, Enhanced Touch Gestures and others and old Windows releases
Dear NVDA community,
It was brought to my attention that Resource Monitor 17.07 doesn’t work on Windows XP. Investigation showed that I have used a newer psutil package that dropped support for XP. After gathering feedback from users, it was decided to part ways with Windows XP sooner than later. Also, I think this is a good opportunity to announce compatibility notices for other add-ons as well in relation to supporting old Windows releases.
Resource Monitor: support for Windows XP will end on December 31, 2017, with version 17.10 being the most likely EOL candidate. Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista will be supported until June 30, 2018.
Windows 10 App Essentials: version 17.09.x will be the last releases to support NVDA versions prior to 2017.3. Version 17.10 and later will require NVDA 2017.3 running on Windows 10 Version 1607 (build 14393) and later due to changes introduced in 2017.3 in regards to certain Windows 10 controls and events.
Enhanced Touch Gestures: starting from version 17.09, the add-on will refuse to install on computers or tablets running Windows earlier than Windows 8.x. From 2018 onwards, Windows 8.1 or 10 will be required due to support policy on Windows 8.0 from Microsoft.
StationPlaylist Studio: there will be a 15.x LTS release in the fall that’ll be the last one to support Studio versions earlier than 5.10. I will not remove support for Windows XP from this add-on until up to one year after Studio itself stops supporting XP or when support for the next LTS series ends, whichever happens earlier (the next LTS series is scheduled for 2018 at the earliest). So if you are managing radio stations from Windows XP, it might be best to either use version 15.x LTS, the next LTS series, or upgrade to at least Windows 7.
GoldWave: I will not drop support for Windows XP until number of people who are using GoldWave 5 on XP is small enough (less than say, five people). Once this happens, the add-on will require Windows 7 and later with GoldWave 5 or 6 installed.
ObjPad and Object location Tones: these add-ons will drop support for XP once NVDA itself drops support for it.
As for add-ons from other authors, it is up to them as to when they will stop supporting Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and/or Windows Vista. But once NV Access decides to move to Python 3, that’s when the end game for Windows XP support will begin.