Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc posted a notice on the Windows Experience Blog reporting that Windows XP customers will no longer receive security or non-security updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update. He likely made this clarification due to Microsoft patching Windows XP at the beginning of May, just weeks after Microsoft pulled the plug on the Windows XP platform, and outside the company's typical Patch Tuesday schedule.
"Last week, we released a security update outside of our normal Update Tuesday cycle that fixes a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well as Windows XP," LeBlanc writes. "We made the decision to extend the update to all Windows XP customers based on the proximity to the established end of support date of April 8th for Windows XP. This was an exception, however, the Windows XP end of support policy still remains in place moving forward."
He goes on to admit that Microsoft has set up custom support agreements with some enterprise customers. These customers will temporarily receive security updates for Windows XP to help keep the platform safe and secure while they migrate to a newer platform such as Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Everyone else is essentially out of luck and need to jump off the Windows XP train soon.
"Because support has ended for Windows XP, we are no longer releasing updates to the general public for Windows XP going forward," LeBlanc writes. "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."
He concluded the blog by explaining why Microsoft no longer supports the platform with security patches. Basically, he says that Windows XP is over ten years old. The days when it ruled the PC market are long gone, replaced by Windows 8.1 Update.
"The threats that we face today from a security standpoint outpace our ability to protect our customers still on Windows XP," he writes. "Our modern operating systems today provide more safety and security than ever before."
Security experts have said over the past several years that hackers will likely study the patches Microsoft dishes out each month to see what was fixed in the newer platforms. They'll likely attempt to take advantage of those vulnerabilities that may also be lurking in Windows XP and Office 2003. However, the install base is slowly shrinking, but is it shrinking fast enough?
XP needs to die. I'd offer the coup de gras, but it's not in my power. For god's sake, euthanize it.
However not even lack of security will move people off of XP. I don't know why MS wouldn't have seen this day coming, after all there's still people out there who use archaic OS's due to money constraints and other reasons. There is a reason that newer OS's don't support older hardware and vise versa. Technology advances and it's only fair to let technology evolve, but it shouldn't be forced upon when you have a perfectly working PC that you have maintained over the years. If the motherboard is shot, time for a new PC or whenever you are unable to find the parts you need for cheap or utilize new technology. Microsoft is really the only entity that can either drop or continue support, they have that right but people do have a right to use the OS, even though they might not last very long with using it due to hackers. I've been on the fence for long with whether people should use XP or not and really i don't use XP much anyway, nor does my bank and credit card companies they all upgraded and since i have been using Linux it's a nice bridge in between when i need to be secure and functional at the same time. Meanwhile, XP users boast that their machines have been unaffected since support was dropped and some even say they don't bother with updating and are fine. So it's really more of a 'if it will happen' rather then 'when it will happen' scenario and it's like driving a car without an airbag. You think you don't need it because you're a good driver but accidents do happen and some people that don't use airbags are lucky if they have never been in an accident.
If I sound bitter, that is because I am. The full-screen Start Menu was a huge advancement for Windows and something that I had been dreaming of for years.
An iPhone is planned obsolescence. Windows XP is a case of an operating system that is no longer up to snuff and has been supported far longer than it should be. It can't be made up to snuff because it was built for a time before much of this was even a consideration. To take advantage of it, you'd almost have to go and rewrite the entire operating system into a newer, more up-to-date versi- oh. Wait.
Can we please just agree to be careful with that term? It's like using "3.5" thin" on a tablet ad or a "sandwhich" at McDonald's. You're not fooling anybody.
There's a reason MS is charging a hefty fee for extended support to governments, and only then on the condition they can supply an adequate transition plan.
As for security, true, but it's not really fair to make the rest of us suffer for it. I paid good money so I can use my computer, sorry if you're poor, lazy, stupid, or some peasant some place, but I don't think it's fair I should have to deal with DDOS and spambots simply for that reason. It's not independent - you can cause harm to others and that's where the problem is.
Anyone still using XP deserves to reap what they sow, it just sucks that I may be the worse of for it. Companies and whatnot should be held liable for any breaches due to unpatched OS issues if they still run XP. The people running XP are almost certainly not the computer savvy ones at this point. Some corps, maybe, but that's about it otherwise. The tech savvy ones aren't the problem anyway, so there's that.
I'm confident XPocalypse will slowly dawn as reality on individuals. I guarantee that I will see a trickle of people into my store in the coming months to get their computer fixed or a new one on account of XP issues. It's not going to be some massive event like Y2K or Skynet, but it'll happen, and it's a personal problem for personal idiocy.
@Christopher1: Speak for yourself. It's great on a touch screen, but for desktop use it's a fairly miserable way to organize things. It took me installing my steam games to figure out how abysmal it is. Ever pecked through a menu to find one item out of a hundred? I can fill the screen or "all apps" but both end up burying what I want in massive lists or 2d space. Blegh.
I am quite confident judging by your use of "lol" and poor sentence structure that you're going to be a part of the problem. XP is brain-dead. All people are seeing is the nervous twitches and think it's waking up. XP will be the greatest OS ever until it gets its due.
I personally find XP painful to use now that I've been blessed by Windows 7 - if any OS should be put upon the pedestal, it should be Windows 7.
Have you heard of apple. Stop your bitching. Why are you not bitching at apple for doing the same thing for years. Why isn't anyone bitching at apple for pulling this crap. The moment Microsoft does it, all of a sudden it is high and hell water.
I guess if it were up to you, we would still be drinking from wells cause their are people that can not even afford a bottle of water.