Microsoft To Continue Providing Anti-malware Updates To Windows XP Users Through July 14, 2015

Microsoft is ending the extended support for Windows XP from April 2014. It was expected that Microsoft will also stop delivering security updates via Security Essentials at the same time. But, Microsoft today surprised everyone by announcing the extended anti-malware signature support for Windows XP users through July 2015.

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 antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015.

This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures.

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

Our research shows that the effectiveness of antimalware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited. Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today’s threat landscape.

Microsoft is doing this to help organizations migrating from Windows XP to latest versions of Windows.

Source: Microsoft Threat Research & Response Blog


    Another roadblock Ms has set for themselves in upgrade to Win8. Now enterprises will take more time to leave decade old os. This privilege can be harmful. Already people have been given more than enough time to upgrade. One of the reasons of Vista failure, was Win98 end of support in 2006. People upgraded to WinXp, that time, thus Vista was neglected in 2007. If this would have happened way back after Xp release or Vista release, things would have been different. Same fate Win8 may see,

    • Guest

      If Windows 8 was not such a screw up MSFT would not have to do this. You think they would lave learned the first time when they gave us the crapware Vista.

  • ZloiYuri

    When they use XP I always wanna to say – Stop rapping this corpse, perverts!!!

    • Minty

      I recommend Linux Mint

      • ZloiYuri

        I recommend AIX. Ok? No? Why? Because it’s not for people. Make your Linux ecosystems interoperable and user-friendly – than recommend it to everyone. Linux will be niche OS (embedded, server or free base for crap mobile OSes) until dumbs could use it.

  • tomakali

    microsoft should release Service Pack 8 – an option upgrade to windows 8 with 1year warranty and limited support

    OTHERWISE, XP users either die using XP or will upgrade to Win7 and never upgrade to W8

    • jimski27

      A good number of those machines would not smoothly upgrade to Win8, so it would become a support nightmare. If Enterprise wants to move to Win7 instead of Win8, that fine. They’ll just have to do this all over again sooner.

      • tomakali

        i hope incompatible machines won’t be more than 15%
        still instead of w8 something like W7.8 would be better but that would incur a lot of cost to microsoft.
        its better to release an OPTIONAL w8 upgrade

  • reKitab

    Methuselah lives, with a year’s inoculation is awesome…:)