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 XP is outdated crap, and it’s time to move on.
It’s funny to see how Microsoft is spinning this as “we did it because of proximity to the end of support” when the true reason is the liability of having 30% of Windows users with this bug.
That said, so long as I have to pay to upgrade I won’t.
No, I don’t use WinXP. The only Windows system in my house is my wife’s Vista system which won’t get a new version of Windows ever; it’ll become a Linux system once she gets a new system…some day.
In the meantime that is exactly the sentiment that XP users have; they’d probably upgrade to Win7 if it was free, easy, and reliable to do so – but Microsoft made that really hard by not providing an XP to Win7 upgrade path (even when Win7 was brand new – you had to go to Vista first).
So now it’s biting them back.