In the past few weeks it has been eventful at the Microsoft camp with a new CEO, rumours of Windows 9, Window 8 updates and of course the End of Support for Windows XP…
Although the End of Support is still happening (only 60 days away) on the 8th April, Microsoft recently announced they will continue to supply anti-malware signatures until April 15th 2015 but, this does not include security updates. Since the release there has been some confusion as to what is happening – Windows XP end of support is still happening but, to clarify this anti-malware extension means –
“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.” stated in recent Microsoft blog.
Therefore, the extension does not really do much for Windows XP users, it will still leave big security gaps in the system because users will not have any new patches or updates from April 2014.
If your still on XP it is time to move on, to help ensure that your business is not exposed to unnecessary security and compliance risks just because the operating system in use is no longer supported.
For more information on what ‘End of Support’ means check out our earlier posts. For help moving from the 13 year old operating system or advice on which operating system to upgrade to please contact us today.