Not that long ago, we mentioned that Microsoft was killing support for Windows XP on April 8th along with support for Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP. Microsoft has now stated, in an official blog post, and anti-malware solutions for Windows XP will continue being supported until 2015 as the operating system reaches its end of life.
“Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our anti-malware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
So what exactly does this mean? Microsoft will continue providing anti-malware support for the operating system by providing updated signatures for System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune for enterprise customers. Microsoft’s Security Essentials will also receive updated signatures, for consumers running Windows XP until July 14th of 2015.
Microsoft wants to make sure no one feels rushed to migrate from Windows XP – and it sounds like the devices and services giant understands that it is a daunting task to migrate from an operating system that came out in 2001. “Our goal is to provide great anti-malware solutions for our consumer and business customers. We will continue to work with our customers and partners in doing so, and help our customers complete their migrations as Windows XP end of life approaches,” Microsoft adds.Further reading: Microsoft, Security, Windows XP