Microsoft has been urging Windows XP users to migrate to a more modern OS as support ends today. But even with the latest patches, XP had worn out its welcome in a world of more advanced cyberthreats.
As Microsoft first announced almost seven years ago, XP loses support today. That doesn’t mean XP computers around the world suddenly stop working. But it does mean that they’re at higher risk since Microsoft will no longer support them.
Specifically, XP users will no longer receive bug fixes, security patches, or other updates designed to protect the core OS. Today’s Patch Tuesday marks the last round of updates for XP. Yet even with patches a plenty, the OS at its core has been living on borrowed time the past few years.
“Windows XP was launched in 2001, which meant the design and engineering of it took place in the late 90s into 2000, which was a very different world when we think about the profiles of the malware and the profiles of the hackers and bad people attacking PCs on the Internet,” Tom Murphy, director of communications for Windows at Microsoft, told CNET. “It was a much simpler time.” More