Despite an earlier promise not to release any security patches to the aging Windows XP operating system, Microsoft will fix an Internet Explorer bug that has hit IE 6 through 11.
Organizations unable to migrate from XP, such as the British government and the IRS, are paying for custom support from Microsoft - but regular end users will have to fend for themselves until they decide to upgrade.
Security company Pure Hacking noted that companies and users relying on XP are open to more security risks - and while Microsoft offered up a fix this time around - don't expect it in the future.
In a blog post, Microsoft had this to say:
"Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we've decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded). We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP."