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I have some utilities and programs that are at least 10-15 years old and they still function fine with Win/7, NO updates coming and non required!!! It all just depends how, and what, they were written to begin with!!!

Lucky you. I have some programs less old that download sub-programs on an almost daily basis. In the past year, they stopped working because they require new versions of the libraries in my system, and my distribution does not have updated versions of those libraries. I would have to upgrade the entire OS, including all the programs I run. And that takes about a month to get reconfigured after I install it.

And my income tax program must be updated every year, whether I want to or not. And a while ago the current version refused to run on Windows 95, so I had to upgrade that to Windows XP. And now I had to upgrade to Windows 7 because I needed a new computer (that was 64-bit, while all my previous computers were 32-bit.

Keeping old software can work for a while, but unless you never need the Internet, it will not work forever. What will you do when IPv4 is discontinued because IPv6 has displaced it. It will be a slow transition, but it will happen, and then you will have to upgrade.

In the case of Thunderbird, I expect it will last a long time, but in computer age terms, that could be as little as five years. Perhaps 10?
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