Microsoft is going to cut the cord and let its popular OS iteration fade into the oblivion on April 8th. Its the end of the road for Windows XP, which means that there won’t be any more updates, patches or security fixes even if something goes wrong. While the company has been trying very hard to get users to switch from Windows XP, its also doing its best to plug any exploits that might make users vulnerable down the line. The next Windows XP patch is going to drop on March Patch Tuesday and will contain no less than two critical security fixes.
Microsoft’s official March Patch Tuesday preview come with five security updates out of which two are listed as critical. The highly publicized Internet Explorer vulnerability will finally be fixed in this latest release whereas the other security update covers all Windows OS versions from XP up to Sever 2012, with Windows RT being the exception.
Two of the remaining three security bulletins are listed as important, but not as crucial. One of them brings fixes for Silverlight users on both Windows and Mac. Patch support for Windows XP formally ends on April 8th after which the OS is on its own, despite the fact that there’s still a startling majority out there clinging to Windows XP because it just works for them.