Microsoft has announced that it will offer anti-malware updates to Windows XP users till July 15, 2015, for more than a year after official support for the OS ends.


The Redmond giant revealed that Windows XP will cease to be an officially supported operating system in April this year, but to help organizations complete their migrations, the company will extend updates to its anti-malware signatures and engine for XP users through July 14, 2015. Basically, while security exploits that allow malicious access will go unplugged after a couple of months, users will be protected against basic malware attacks for a considerable time.

Microsoft also took the chance to quote research that shows that the “effectiveness of anti-malware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited and running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today’s threat landscape,” something it hopes will prompt at least some users to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, particularly Windows 8/8.1, though just how many XP users choose that path despite the fear of security holes and impending support expiry remains to be seen.

Source: Microsoft