Nick has already posted his concerns about how the End of Support for Windows 98 will leave it open to attack. Well now it has finally happened, as of yesterday (July 11th 2006) Microsoft will no longer provide technical support or security updates for Windows 98 or Windows ME.
The reason for this is as Microsoft states here is as follows;
Microsoft is retiring support for these products because they are outdated and can expose customers to security risks. We recommend that customers who are still running Windows 98 or Windows Me upgrade to a newer, more secure Microsoft operating system, such as Windows XP, as soon as possible.
All is not completely lost however as Microsoft will continue to host a pleathora of How To articles and tips and troubleshooting content here
RIP W98...... I have fond memories (I think) of those BSOD's and trying to defrag without the process stopping halfway through and system file checker was my best friend!!!