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Microsoft to provide security updates for all versions of Windows XP despite ended support

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Microsoft has announced that despite ending support for Windows XP, still they will provide security updates.

In an official statement from Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing of Microsoft, she said that they will still provide security updates for all the versions of Windows XP.

“Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we?ve decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today. We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP,” Hall said.

However, Microsoft is hoping that this security update will not prevent one from getting off Windows XP and eventually moving to a newer version of Windows plus the latest Internet Explorer.

The company recommended to have the newer versions. Microsoft said that if you?re on Windows 7, one should upgrade to Internet Explorer 11. Moreover, Microsoft proudly said that the latest version of Internet Explorer has increased support for modern web standards plus better performance. Also the latest IE also expanded the ability to deliver a better experience from within the browser.

??when you turn on auto update, we make sure your computer and your browser get better all the time,? Hall said. ?Today, we made our browser a bit safer. Next month, it will be better still. You can count on us.?

Another post from Microsoft suggested two options then to stay protected after the company?s support to XP has ended.

First, upgrade your current PC, and second, to finally get a new PC.

Microsoft suggested that since there are few older computers that can run Windows 8.1, it would be a great idea to download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant to check whether or not your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 8. If it does, then follow the steps in the tutorial to upgrade if your PC is able. Or better yet, get a new PC.

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