Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Microsoft To Provide Security For XP Until 2015

Microsoft has already ended support for the Windows XP operating system, leaving most of the XP users in jeopardy. Although the company has been warning customers for more than one year to switch over to the latest versions such as Windows 8 and 8.1, many still preferred using XP. Now, with no service updates from Microsoft, these users can be said to be facing security threats. Hence, Microsoft has come up with a solution for these customers, and has announced to provide a basic level of cyber security for XP until July 2015.

According to the Windows XP help, the company had earlier decided to end all of its support for XP on April 8, 2014. Needless to say, this was a perfect ploy by Microsoft to make all its XP users shift to either Windows 8 or 8.1. This was because even after the announcement from Microsoft to shelve XP, the popularity of the operating system among the users remained unaltered. When compared to the market share of XP and Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 reached nowhere close to these. As stated by the reports, almost a third of the desktops in the world used XP, and it included even large IT firms and banking institutions.

Several XP users had contacted the Windows XP help to know about the consequences they will face after Microsoft officially ends the support. The technicians warned them about the security threats and related issues the aged operating system would become vulnerable to. Hence, the users were advised to migrate to the latest operating systems. But still, most XP users did not prefer using Windows 8 or 8.1 in their systems, as most of them found these to be much complicated to run on. Hence, even after ending XP support, many users still rely on this 12 year old OS or switched over to other operating systems other than Windows. Thus, the decision that promised to allure the customers to Windows 8 and 8.1 seemed to backfire for Microsoft. Now, Microsoft has announced that the company will be providing basic security options for XP users. These include malware signatures for Microsoft Security Essentials, System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune until July 2015.

Hence, this latest announcement from Microsoft seems to come as a relief for the XP users who were a bit skeptical in continuing with the OS. However, it is yet to be seen what new strategies Microsoft employs to promote Windows 8 among the users.

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