Microsoft offers up another reminder that it no longer supports Windows XP

On May 1st, Microsoft released patches for all versions of Internet Explorer to fix a serious security exploit, including one for the Windows XP supported versions of the browser. This was done even though Microsoft officially cut off support for the 12 year old operating system on April 8th.

Today, Microsoft released some new security updates for Windows Vista, 7 and 8/8.1 as part of its regular monthly "Patch Tuesday" event. It's also the first such event that did not see any patches released for Windows XP. Today Microsoft posted a reminder to the public that is the way it's going to be from now on, despite the IE patch that was made available less than two weeks ago.

In a blog post, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc stated the reasoning behind the last XP patch:

We made the decision to extend the update to all Windows XP customers based on the proximity to the established end of support date of April 8th for Windows XP ... This was an exception, however, the Windows XP end of support policy still remains in place moving forward.

He also stated that some large businesses do have custom service agreements that will allow them to continue to get temporary support for their Windows XP PCs until they upgrade to more recent versions of the OS. 

Even though the general public won't get any more patches for Windows XP, it's still the second most used PC operating system in the world, behind Windows 7 and well ahead of Vista and 8/8.1. Net Applications' latest data on that front claims XP is still in use by over one out of four PCs worldwide.

Source: Microsoft

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I use XP in a VM for nostalgia purposes. Anytime someone brings up Windows XP I will bring up "Creative Audio Hardware" (MIDI playback from those beloved ECW wavetables, especially the 8MB one. Apparently there are 15MB ones floating around out there. I think I have one tucked away somewhere... should bring out RPG Maker for the heck of it :p

XP is a rare encounter nowadays. Just government, few companies with an individual XP machine (often for a certain task) and the random person.
I expect Vista's EOL having a much larger impact. Soon after Vista's release computers reached a stage that even today they run fine and do everything they wish for and more.
Browse the internet on the typical XP machine and your experience will be to cry for :p

I can remember hearing the XP startup/shutdown sounds for the first time through a 2.1 speaker system - I was quite impressed (there's a bass element that will never come out on small speakers; perhaps it's a cello).

After reversing on the Kinect, Start Menu, Xbox Live Paywall, it would not surprise me if Microsoft started supporting XP again.

Raa said,
Won't happen. It's done. Dead. Gone. Finished. Kaput. Not supported.

Game over.


Unless you are willing to pay for the support..... Like it or not some companies will figure that paying for such support will be cheaper than update, at least for now.

Cosmocronos said,

Unless you are willing to pay for the support..... Like it or not some companies will figure that paying for such support will be cheaper than update, at least for now.

It is in no way cheaper because they have to pay to upgrade eventually... it's just a waste of millions of dollars annually.

It's a stupidity tax.

Raa said,
Won't happen. It's done. Dead. Gone. Finished. Kaput. Not supported.

Game over.

I know. Was bugging. Our family is now officially XP free. Upgraded my mom to 7. Everything runs perfect.

Microsoft needs to let others know. After the Target scandal congress needs to stop appleasing business lazy to change and start making laws enforcing existing regulations off non supported systems.

Vista/Mastercard still except payments handling credit data as an example off XP. Yes some have XP embedded which still gets updates but until they send threatening letters asking for proof they are under support these small to medium sized businesses see no reason to upgrade. After all what they have still works so why upgrade?

Gaara sama said,
Microsoft should keep supporting XP until windows 9 come out .

Why? You have Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 to move to. All three still receive security updates, and both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are supported with new software.

Gaara sama said,
Microsoft should keep supporting XP until windows 9 come out .

Why? Because XP was so recently released? Because Windows 8.1 won't let you boot directly into the desktop? I can't see any reasons anymore. If you still don't like it, you simply don't like Microsoft of today and Windows 9 won't help because it won't be similar to Windows XP either.

Northgrove said,

Why? Because XP was so recently released? Because Windows 8.1 won't let you boot directly into the desktop? I can't see any reasons anymore. If you still don't like it, you simply don't like Microsoft of today and Windows 9 won't help because it won't be similar to Windows XP either.

Exactly this. Are you guys really expecting Microsoft to turn Windows back 13 years for their next release?

Lord Method Man said,
Not aware of anyone in the developed world still using this old OS.

Go take a look at a pos in any Chilli's? Any and I mean any doctors office or Optimist. Most auto repair places and probably 70% of small business who have no IT departments

Lord Method Man said,
I get out plenty, I just live in the 21st century.

Well it's hard to justify replacing something that can works just fine for a non technical business owner? Especially replacing something that makes money and is risky and requires relearning something for the sake of relearning?

Bring up vulnerabilities and they see they do not set their cash registers and then defensively ask if you will pay for it all? Business folks did not get rich writing checks

Lord Method Man said,
I get out plenty, I just live in the 21st century.

Windows XP was released in the 21st century.

Lord Method Man said,
I get out plenty, I just live in the 21st century.

Bonfire said,
Windows XP was released in the 21st century.

:laugh: Thanks for that.

Lord Method Man said,
Not aware of anyone in the developed world still using this old OS.

Yesterday i have seen 2 diferent places with huge amount of computers running XP on at least 2, one of them being a bank and the other being a gov entity.

lkernan said,
Then you need to get out more.

I think there are better things to do in the real world than asking on offices which OS they run.

I've always loved the design of the Windows XP welcome screen. It even shows you the number of your unread emails, or the amount of applications that another logged in user has running. Very useful.

When Windows Vista was still known by its codename "Longhorn", it showed the date and time on the welcome screen. This was a nice addition. I guess one could argue that, because of the new lock screen, this feature is present in Windows 8.

They are already there, they'll just not be fixed
All software is vulnerable, XP just more so.. without any modern protections built-in

So if you're gonna run XP at least don't do your banking on it

dingl_ said,
They are already there, they'll just not be fixed
All software is vulnerable, XP just more so.. without any modern protections built-in

So if you're gonna run XP at least don't do your banking on it

It's worth it to get hacked as long as the GUI doesn't look funny.

mastercoms said,
So when will the devastating vulnerabilities come?

Give it time, it's not like they flipped a switch that suddenly tells everybody where the weak spots are after they EOL'd it. They'll turn up as people find them.

Max Norris said,

Give it time, it's not like they flipped a switch that suddenly tells everybody where the weak spots are after they EOL'd it. They'll turn up as people find them.

Yes but I mean people will get the wrong idea, and if they make exceptions like this more than this one time, there won't be an incentive to get off XP.

mastercoms said,

Yes but I mean people will get the wrong idea, and if they make exceptions like this more than this one time, there won't be an incentive to get off XP.

The only way to get them off XP is to lobby for laws that require HIPPA data, PCI compliance (credit cards), and point of sale certification off the damn thing.

... take it back there are laws but they are not enforced. Hospitals will fire anyone not authorized to pull up a medical record but have run XP SP 2 for years which was EOL in 2010!

Until their is a financial incentive and people start getting tickets and fines and Visa/mastercard threaten to stop doing business these companies will continue to use XP forever and ever because it still works.

For home users? Well who cares. They certainly don't or they would have left already.

sinetheo said,

The only way to get them off XP is to lobby for laws that require HIPPA data, PCI compliance (credit cards), and point of sale certification off the damn thing.

... take it back there are laws but they are not enforced. Hospitals will fire anyone not authorized to pull up a medical record but have run XP SP 2 for years which was EOL in 2010!

Until their is a financial incentive and people start getting tickets and fines and Visa/mastercard threaten to stop doing business these companies will continue to use XP forever and ever because it still works.

For home users? Well who cares. They certainly don't or they would have left already.


But for " big clients" MS already stated that, for a free, they will provide support.

Cosmocronos said,

But for " big clients" MS already stated that, for a free, they will provide support.

A fee. Not free. If compliancy were enforced with fines then people would upgrade. They are stuborn and business folks are only in the office or store to make money. They do not want to fuss with computers and the owners head home the second the customers leave. So unlike home computers (even then right) they never ever get upgraded unless there is a reason too.

Doubtful.. They released the out-of-band update because the exploit was in the wild soon after XP end of support, less than a month even

dingl_ said,
Doubtful.. They released the out-of-band update because the exploit was in the wild soon after XP end of support, less than a month even

Key word "After End of support"

For these reasons,
A) it was so soon after end of support
B) it was a HUGE security hole that could have made Internet Explorer look bad, MS doesn't need more people saying to stop using IE, even if they are just talking about on XP.
C) they have a few customers who are paying for XP support until the end of the year, so MS had to develop the patch anyway, why not release it to the pubic?