Still on Windows XP? You’ll be protected until 2015

Be honest. How many of you are reading this post on a Windows XP machine?

You know Microsoft has pegged April 8, 2014 as the end-of-support date for Windows XP, right?

What do you mean you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 8.1?

You’re waiting for Windows 9?

Well, if there’s no convincing you that any of the newer, supported, versions of Windows is better (and trust us,Windows 8.1 is better than you think), then take some solace in the fact that Microsoft has just announced it will continue to provide anti-malware support for XP though July 14, 2015.

This is probably most applicable to our enterprise readers, who will probably be sighing with some relief.

From the official Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog:

“For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP. For consumers, this applies to Microsoft Security Essentials.”

If XP is still your OS of choice, Microsoft has some tips for you, including regularly applying security updates to the software you own and run and running current anti-virus software.


After growing up surrounded by technology, Alexandra enjoys looking both critically and curiously at the new innovations all around her. As well as writing for WRLWND, Alexandra is a content contributor for IT in Canada, where she can watch the industry unfold from a front row seat. She is going into her second year of Journalism studies.

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *