Microsoft reveals final Windows XP and Office 2003 security patches

In just five days, Microsoft will release the final updates for Windows XP and Office 2003. Today, the company posted a quick summary of the security bulletins it plans to release on April 8th, including those for XP and Office 2003.

Windows XP will receive a "Critical" update for IE6, 7 and 8, according to the summary, and will also get a patch labeled as "Important" on its own. Windows Server 2003 gets the same updates, but the first one is only been labeled as a "Moderate" patch. Office 2003 gets two patches as well. One is called "Critical" and is designed to fix the exploit found to affect all current versions of Word; the other patch has an "Important" label and fixes an issue in Microsoft Publisher 2003.

As usual, the details behind these security patches have been left out of this advanced bulletin so as to not give any help to potential hackers. However, PC owners who are among the 27.69 percent who still use Windows XP worldwide could face a ton of problems after April 8th as Microsoft won't be releasing any more software updates for the 12 year old operating system.

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I use windows XP for five years and move to windows 7 and now i'm using windows 8.1 which is very good.........................! and I have no problem with it........

the best operating system but now it updates are over people should move to latest OS so that their privacy will be protected. i still believe luma xp theme is the best theme and i wish to get xp luma theme for windows 8/8.1

Luna, not Luma, and you're the first person I've ever come across who liked that abomination. Even plain old classic was much better.

Would be nice for all of us if they released a final SP4 which includes every patch for those reformatted old machines. But one can only dream. Although there will be unofficial ones for sure.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Would be nice for all of us if they released a final SP4 which includes every patch for those reformatted old machines. But one can only dream. Although there will be unofficial ones for sure.
Next best thing: http://xdot.tk/

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Would be nice for all of us if they released a final SP4 which includes every patch for those reformatted old machines.
Obviously this was never an option because as far as they're concerned they don't want you using it any longer.

i stick with xp, no problem with it

besides new pc wont come with a usable windows until windows 8.1 update 1 its on oem and it will take time...

eilegz said,
besides new pc wont come with a usable windows until windows 8.1 update 1 its on oem and it will take time...
If Win8.1 U1 is what you want why wait? Just buy that new machine with 8.1 in a few days and update to U1 as soon as you turn it on and get online.

I still think a smart move would've been a better education platform for users coming down via Windows Update.

Something explaining the situation to everyday folks and then giving them a few options to download and install patches that would turn off or lock down parts of the OS to protect it further.

They could have two or three versions, each less restrictive then the last.

The most rigid shuts down the firewall on all but the most essential ports. Locks down IE's ability to have anything added or installed to it and fully disables Active X (except for the Microsoft cert). Shuts off IIS, Hypterminal, tons of non-needed programs for the traditional end-user.

Then have two more each a successive step more open. All optional of course, but very helpful.

If you haven't updated yet there are one of 3 reasons.
You're a business and don't care.
You're tech savvy and know what the hell you are doing.
You're not tech savvy and would just be confused by the options listed above.. and probably never turned on Windows Update in the first place.

AmazingRando said,
...and install patches that would turn off or lock down parts of the OS to protect it further.

I think this basically would just offer a false security feeling. You are locking down a bit of it, but people still would want to use the internet, and would be the biggest security issue of them all.

But you are absolutely right that they should have done a bit more to educate people. At the very least they should have started the "Support for Windows XP is ending" a few months earlier, and point people to webpages that tell them their options.

Powerless said,
So on the 9th April will you still be able to go to windows update (via IE) and download all of the updates for XP?

Yes, but come the first Tuesday in May, you'll find Windows Update empty and quiet. You may even start to see weeds pop up...

Powerless said,
So on the 9th April will you still be able to go to windows update (via IE) and download all of the updates for XP?

You'll still be able to on the 9th of April 2015... but there won't be anything dated past April 8, 2014.

scumdogmillionaire said,
I bet those developers are thrilled to check those final bits into source control and call it a day on XP.

Only some of them, some of them will still be at it due to contracted support, and probably cause they still have to patch the same lines in s2k3 for a while longer.

Very good OS. MS would have done well to introduce a successor to it's core OS that was Windows 7,instead they went with Win 8 and kind of showed everyone that they really had no idea what their customers wanted and hadn't learnt their lessons from Vista - at that point I was just annoyed with them.

Orange Battery said,
Very good OS.

It evolved into a decent operating system but it was a security nightmare at release, with countless high-profile attacks that could cripple a computer just by connecting to the internet. It also had a terrible user interface, with people understandably referring to it as Fisher Price™. Vista, despite the bad press, was a far better operating system.

theyarecomingforyou said,

It also had a terrible user interface, with people understandably referring to it as Fisher Price™.

Still do this day I don't like the interface, it looks too corny, though it was eventually "fixed" imo with the Zune theme and Royale Noir that you can load in without having to use a hack or third party

theyarecomingforyou said,

It evolved into a decent operating system but it was a security nightmare at release, with countless high-profile attacks that could cripple a computer just by connecting to the internet. It also had a terrible user interface, with people understandably referring to it as Fisher Price™. Vista, despite the bad press, was a far better operating system.

Are you nuts!

I never had any type issue with XP from day one, but Vista was nothing but an issue.

Never heard it referred to as a Fisher Price toy either.

For longevity and usefulness XP is easily king so far. Windows 7 will surpass it, but it has years to go to do that. :)

cork1958 said,
Are you nuts!

I never had any type issue with XP from day one, but Vista was nothing but an issue.

The Blaster worm was incredibly high profile and crippled many machines. I dealt with several computers affected by it. Just because you never encountered it doesn't mean it wasn't a serious issue.

cork1958 said,
Never heard it referred to as a Fisher Price toy either.

You obviously weren't around Neowin back when Windows XP was in development, as that was a major area of criticism.

cork1958 said,
I never had any type issue with XP from day one, but Vista was nothing but an issue.
Never heard it referred to as a Fisher Price toy either.

There was quite a few people who were of the "XP sucks, can pry 98/2K out of my cold dead hands" mindset.. didn't get decent (for the time) till SP2. RTM was rather unstable, buggy, some had driver issues, and yea, insecure as all hell, even for XP. Some people even considered it bloated compared to previous versions. Plus many had compatibility issues too, a lot of the old DOS stuff didn't run anymore, that didn't sit well with some. Vista wasn't a gem out of the gate either, by the time the service packs came around though it too was pretty decent.

And just do a search for "Fisher Price interface", see what comes up. Not a bit fan of 8's default theme either, but still better than Luna.

XP RTM was crap and I went back to my good ol' 98SE. Only moved back after they made all the firewall and related changes in SP1 and 2. I also don't understand how anyone who used XP and frequented tech sites/blogs/review sites/forums hasn't heard of Luna ever being referred to as a Fisher Price interface. In fact that's the very first thing that comes to mind when you use it. Luna probably made Stardock's WindowBlinds a best-seller.

Windows XP's horrible theme led to an explosion in the modding community and it seemed like most people around here were running a custom theme (I know I was), something that largely died down after the release of Vista due to it having a decent UI. The modding community reappeared for Windows 8 due to Microsoft's decision to remove the Start Menu and not allow Metro apps to run in a window on the desktop.

Release dates :
Nokia 3310 - year 2000.
Windows XP - few months later (2001).
Just consider these dates .. before writting : " it does its job well ".

So that Windows XP computer sitting in the corner which isn't connected to the internet and only runs a CNC Lathe machine?

Yeah, it does it's job well.

Thrackerzod said,
I have no use for a phone that fancy. My corded rotary desk phone still does everything I need.

jeeze, I'm still using smoke signals and carrier pigeons. let us know how that rotary phone works out

Decebalvs Rex said,
Release dates :
Nokia 3310 - year 2000.
Windows XP - few months later (2001).
Just consider these dates .. before writting : " it does its job well ".

Software != Hardware

Consumer hardware generally has a short shelf life

Rudy said,

Software != Hardware

Consumer hardware generally has a short shelf life

The original ITunes came out a few months before Windows XP

Decebalvs Rex said,
Release dates :
Nokia 3310 - year 2000.
Windows XP - few months later (2001).
Just consider these dates .. before writting : " it does its job well ".

Right. Now let's get rid of that pesky hammer and all these damn wheels too!

AmazingRando said,

Right. Now let's get rid of that pesky hammer and all these damn wheels too!

We did. Wheel technology has advanced considerably in recent years. Pretty sure hammers haven't, though.

techbeck said,
naw, XP was a great OS. Deserves respect and to go out in style.

XP could have gone out with respect and style, however, at this point it's been run into the ground, and dragged a couple hundred yards...

Dot Matrix said,

XP could have gone out with respect and style, however, at this point it's been run into the ground, and dragged a couple hundred yards...

Like a great joke from a comedian, that he just iterates over and over, until it is not funny anymore.

Firefox still supports windows Xp with the latest release. So the Internet browser won't be the security risk. But support for Windows Xp has ended which makes using the operating system a higher risk than before.