Windows XP April 2014

(January 17, 2014) — Microsoft announced yesterday that it will continue to provide anti-malware for Windows XP through July 14, 2015. However, it’s still important to note that after April 8, 2014:

  • Microsoft will technically stop supporting the Windows XP operating system.
  • They won’t provide automatic updates, service packs, or any type of official Microsoft technical support for XP.

In April 2014, Microsoft will stop publishing Windows XP patches.  They’ve named this date,  “Zero Day Forever.” Zero-day refers to vulnerabilities hackers use to attack your operating system.

Those using Microsoft’s Security Essentials will still receive some anti-malware information. According to Microsoft:

“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.”

But then Microsoft went on to say:

Our research shows that the effectiveness of anti-malware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited.” 

Microsoft still advises businesses and consumers to upgrade from Windows XP before April 8, 2014.  But, if you decide to continue running Windows XP, you should apply regular security updates to the software and run up-to-date anti-virus software to help to prevent infections.

What does this mean for your business using Windows XP?  For answers contact Fuelled Networks at (613) 828-1280 or by email at: info@fuellednetworks.com   We can help to ensure your business stays protected from malware and other threats. 

Ernie Sherman

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 17th January 2014 by Ernie Sherman.