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Microsoft extends XP anti-malware, temporary reprieve to 2015

Microsoft XP end of support is later this year, but Microsoft gives users anti-malware reprieve to 2015.

Published Wed, Jan 15 2014 6:17 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Microsoft has given Windows XP users a brief reprieve by announcing anti-malware support for the 12-year-old operating system will be extended into 2015. The XP end of life scheduled for April 8 will still take place as scheduled, but anti-malware protection will give stragglers an additional layer of much-needed security.

Microsoft extends XP anti-malware, temporary reprieve to 2015 | TweakTown.com

Anti-virus vendors already stepped up support for XP, saying they would continue to provide anti-virus and anti-malware defense - but Microsoft won't provide updates, and that could still leave users vulnerable.

"Our research shows that the effectiveness of anti-malware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited," Microsoft said in a recent blog post. "Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today's threat landscape."

There are still millions of users using XP worldwide, and many businesses are still scrambling trying to migrate from the aging OS.

NEWS SOURCE:blogs.technet.com

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