Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2014 16:45 UTC
Internet Explorer

Despite XP's end of support, Microsoft is still going to release the fix for the recent Internet Explorer vulnerability for the ageing operating system.

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), today. We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP. The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say we don’t take these reports seriously. We absolutely do.

If you're still on Windows XP, you deserve to be insecure. Get a modern operating system - Windows 7/8, OS X, Linux, anything. XP is outdated crap, and it's time to move on.

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RE: Comment by aligatro
by supergear on Thu 1st May 2014 19:04 UTC in reply to "Comment by aligatro"
supergear
Member since:
2007-07-06

If you're on XP still you must only web browse and email and such. Get a tablet then and don't worry about the dinosaur PC/XP

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RE[2]: Comment by aligatro
by Dave_K on Thu 1st May 2014 21:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by aligatro"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

If you're on XP still you must only web browse and email and such. Get a tablet then and don't worry about the dinosaur PC/XP


Rather a strange thing to say. It's hard to think of anything much that can't be done with a computer running Windows XP.

Some charities I'm involved with are still using XP for all their computers. It's on their servers, used for creating their advertisements, running their bespoke databases, etc. There's a lot of worry about the expense of upgrading, and the problems that could arise with software/hardware compatibility issues.

One charity have basically decided that they're going to keep on running XP for at least another couple of years, and trust to luck when it comes to security. The estimate for upgrading/replacing all their computers was around $150,000. Not a lot for most companies, but for them, with recent cuts to their grant funding, they simply can't afford it.

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RE[3]: Comment by aligatro
by henderson101 on Fri 2nd May 2014 11:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by aligatro"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I ran XP on a Netbook only yesterday to view some source code in Visual Studio on site.. The Windows 7 laptop we'd bought along hadn't been tested and refused to allow my college to log on (his oversight, sigh), so the Netbook I had in my bag was used.

If my Netbook still runs Visual Studio 2010, it's still useful to me. Anything Thom believes is true, is purely his own hang-ups.

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RE[2]: Comment by aligatro
by aligatro on Thu 1st May 2014 23:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by aligatro"
aligatro Member since:
2010-01-28

If you're on XP still you must only web browse and email and such. Get a tablet then and don't worry about the dinosaur PC/XP


I am actually on Windows 8.1, but only because I get free MSDN keys otherwise I would still be using XP.
Many people I know are developing programs on their XP machines. If it works for them then why waste money on upgrade?

Who in their right mind would want to completely switch from pc to tablet? Also, the cycle of absolution is a lot shorter for tablets than for pcs.

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