Ask SWC: What Does Microsoft’s Windows XP Anti-Malware Extension Mean?

February 4, 2014   //   Microsoft Windows, , , , , , , ,

Microsoft recently released that they will be providing an extension of anti-malware for Windows XP until 2015. But what does this mean? Watch our latest “Ask SWC” video to learn more.

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In the last few weeks there has been a lot of uproar about Microsoft extending the anti-malware updates for Windows XP until 2015. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that this doesn’t really do a lot for us and there are still some glaring security holes for those running Windows XP, as operating systems won’t be patched. Microsoft will not extend any support to anyone on Windows XP. The 2015 anti-malware extension means Microsoft will only provide updates for Microsoft Security Essentials and virus definition updates will be offered for Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection users.

The April 2014 deadline is still a crucial time, as Microsoft will only be giving antivirus protection through 2015 and no Windows XP security updates. A lot of our customers will continue to ask us how to get to Windows 7 or 8.1, and there are a lot of options SWC can offer around virtual desktops and virtual PC rollouts. If your business still operates on Windows XP, SWC offers desktop deployment assessments to prepare for Windows XP end of life. SWC’s proven methodology will help you identify where your vulnerabilities are and complete a seamless migration to the right desktop operating system for your business.

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