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Microsoft Extends SOME Security as XP End of Life Looms

Clarification on Microsoft's Recent XP End of Life Announcement

To be clear – the April 8th 2014 date still applies.

windows xpAfter this date Windows XP users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft, therefore your plans to update to later versions of Windows are still vital.

The important update is:

“To help organisations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015.”

The changes announced are Microsoft’s solution to avoid a “security apocalypse” as a result of millions of machines suddenly having unprotected systems whether sitting in corporate networks or in consumer homes.

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

The blog article from Microsoft can be found here.

Mirus customer networks and systems will still be protected by our third party security solutions so there is no cause for panic. However, this does mean that regular IT support issues relating to XP machines may become dramatically complex to resolve or completely unresolvable in some instances as Microsoft will no longer support regular updates and will be closing the main technical resource.