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Microsoft pushes Windows XP End of Support deadline to July 2015


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Microsoft has just announced that it is extending the support for Anti-Malware protection on Windows XP till July 2015. With this, Microsoft wants to bid more migration time to the existing Windows XP users.


The decade old operating system Windows XP is set to go off support by April this year. This originally implied that Microsoft won’t be pushing any security patches to the operating system as and when we hit the deadline.

In a blogpost, Microsoft writes,

Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015.

To make things clear, Microsoft is not extending the deadline. Windows XP will still be unsupported after April 2014. But this Anti-Malware protection will make the operating system a bit more secure.

This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures.

So what does this change mean to consumers?

The enterprise users will continue getting the following security protection: System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP. Whereas for normal users, Microsoft Security Essentials will get you covered till July 2015

Although Anti-Malware protection itself won’t make the operating system fully protected, since there’s a limited number of things it can do, it will come handy to tackle with a wide range of malware and help in trying to secure Windows XP, against the many dangers it may face. This is a welcoming change from Microsoft and shows how much it cares about its users.

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It's about time. Windows XP has lived long enough and should be allowed to die now.

LUL. Newbies saying that ever since Windows Vista... Why would anyone use newer version of Windows anyway? Buy into Microsoft's hype much?

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lol XP is now a zombie OS. MS is crazy. I thought they didn't want to continue to support an out of date OS anymore. But well i guess MS is trying not to be the bad guy here.. however now people will be less reluctant to upgrade for another year. Maybe they should have waited until the support date before deciding to back out from their promise to stop supporting XP.

It's good news for XP users, but sometimes you got to pull the plug when you want something gone. I myself would like XP to continue for those that are still using it but MS does have to pull the plug at some point.

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