Microsoft Announces it Will No Longer Support Windows XP, Seriously

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May’s Update Tuesday from Microsoft is the first to not support Windows XP.

This week marked the first Update Tuesday – Microsoft’s designated day to push out monthly OS and security updates to supported devices – that did not cover Windows XP.

Brandon LeBlanc, a spokesperson for Microsoft, reinforced that detail in a blog post on Tuesday.

“With today’s Update Tuesday, if you are still on Windows XP you will not receive any security or non-security updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update,” LeBlanc wrote. “Because support has ended for Windows XP, we are no longer releasing updates to the general public for Windows XP going forward. If you continue to use Windows XP without support, your computer will still likely work but will become vulnerable to security risks and over time its performance will be affected.”

Long before its April 8th cutoff date, Microsoft had been emphasizing the upcoming end-of-life status for XP and the impending loss of support for XP users. Last month’s emergency patch to fix a security flaw in Internet Explorer covered all supported Windows operating systems along with XP. According to Microsoft, the patch was extended to XP users because of the close proximity between the OS’s April expiration date and the security flaw’s occurrence.

LeBlanc’s post served as a warning that the IE patch was a one-time exception, and XP will receive no more security updates or fixes, with the exception of certain enterprise customers, who have extended support agreements with Microsoft during their migration process to a newer operating system.

The company is encouraging any users still on XP to upgrade immediately.

“The reality is that Windows XP is an operating system that is well over a decade old. The threats that we face today from a security standpoint outpace our ability to protect our customers still on Windows XP” wrote LeBlanc. “Our modern operating systems today provide more safety and security than ever before. We continue to encourage customers still on Windows XP to upgrade to a modern, more secure operating system like Windows 8.1.”


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