Windows XP Version of Microsoft Security Essentials to be Discontinued

By Akemi Iwaya on January 9th, 2014

As the deadline for Windows XP’s ‘End of Life’ continues to grow closer, Microsoft has taken another step forward in cutting out support for the aging operating system. Starting April 8, the Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials will also be discontinued in tandem with support for XP.

The following information update was recently added to the support page about the ‘End of Life’ for Windows XP…

From the Microsoft Support Page: After April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date.

This is another nail in XP’s coffin via the Microsoft hammer for those who have been hoping for a last-minute reprieve from Microsoft. If you are one of the people choosing to hold out, your only options for anti-virus protection after April 8th will be via third-party security vendors.

Support is ending soon [Microsoft Support]

[via Ars Technica and InfoWorld]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/9/14
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