Microsoft to extend malware warnings for XP

Microsoft will provide anti-malware signatures for XP after end of regular support in April

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Microsoft to extend malware warnings for XP Microsoft will continue to provide anti-malware signatures for XP in light of its large user base. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 20, 2014

Microsoft has announced that it will continue to provide anti-malware signatures and warnings for Windows XP, despite the operating system going out of support in April.

Redmond will continue to deliver signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015, the company has said in a blogpost, in light of the large number of users who still have PCs running the aging OS.

Windows XP will be out of support by 8th April, after which Microsoft will no longer provide new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft.

However, because as much as 30% of all PCs connecting to the web are still running on XP, according to statistics from web analytics company Net Applications, Microsoft will continue to provide anti-malware signatures for its Microsoft Security Essentials application, and the enterprise-focused System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP.

Microsoft is still recommending that users switch to modern software and hardware, because the  "effectiveness of anti-malware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited".

Do you have concerns about dropped support for Windows XP? Is your company being forced to migrated before it is ready? Let us know your thoughts.

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