Microsoft Extends Anti-malware Support for Windows XP Until July 14th, 2015

Microsoft Security EssentialsRemember how Microsoft initially planned on halting all updates for Windows XP, including security updates for Microsoft Security Essentials, on April 8th?

Microsoft announced yesterday that they will continue to provide anti-malware signature and engine updates for Security Essentials to Windows XP users until July 14th, 2015. The company came to this decision in hopes that it will help organizations complete their migrations, although they admit that the effectiveness of anti-malware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited.

Still, the anti-malware support extension is a bit of good news for organizations running System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune. Microsoft will continue to ship updates to those products in addition to Microsoft Security Essentials for consumers for another 15 months.

Plans to cut off updates for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014 are still intact, so if you’re still running Windows XP, be sure to upgrade before support ends!

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