Microsoft Extends Antimalware/Antivirus Support for Windows XP to July 2015
Microsoft Announced couple of days ago
that it will extend its support for Antimalware and Antivirus products
running on Windows XP till July 2015. This is really good news for
Enterprises moving and migrating from XP to newer versions as well as
personal users and individuals with Windows XP.
Microsoft earlier announced that Windows XP end of support is April 8,
2014 which includes any support for bugs, security issues or any
Operating system support. On top of that was the Antimalware and
Antivirus signatures. Windows XP operating system launched more than 10
years ago was a very successful OS for Microsoft and was highly adopted
by Organizations and personal computers. According to recent statistics
Windows XP is being used on almost 30% of Desktops as per Market share
This was probably the main reason for Microsoft to Extend the Anti
Malware/Virus Support for another year after the XP end of support. This
extension applies to enterprise users running System Center End Point
Protection, Forefront Client Security and Forefront Endpoint Protection.
Also Personal users running Security Essentials will be covered as
This extension will not stop the XP end of support scheduled April,
2014. There will be no Security or Critical updates for Windows XP after
April, 2014. Its still highly recommended to move ASAP to newer version
of Windows for full support.