Microsoft extends Window XP’s life

Software giant Microsoft will provide updates to its security products  – antimalware engine and signatures – for Windows XP users until July 14, 2015.

This means that XP will get another year’s life. Previously, the company said it would halt all updates on the same day as the end of support date for Windows XP April 8, 2014.

This means that Microsoft Security Essentials will continue to get updates after full support ends for Windows XP. For enterprise customers, the same goes for System Centre Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection, and Windows Intune running on Windows XP.

Microsoft is still ending technical assistance for Windows XP on April 8 and will stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date.

But updates to its security products for an additional 15 months should keep many people still using XP interested it keeping that way. After all, while Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system come April, companies will be at least partially protected until a year after July.

Vole has been trying to get people away from Windows XP to “better” products, and the best way to do that is to stick to its end of support date. On the other hand, there are still so many millions of Windows XP users out there that leaving them completely vulnerable could cause more harm than good.