Microsoft Patches Bug in Windows XP, But It’s a Temporary Fix

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Over the past few months, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) made a big deal about ending support for Windows XP. To warn customers that it would no longer release critical updates for the thirteen-year-old operating system come April 8, it released multiple announcements and even had a countdown website. We’re not even a a month into the shutdown, and Microsoft has already relapsed and issued a bug fix.

That’s because a major vulnerability was found in almost all versions of its Internet Explorer web browser. It was so bad that the Department of Homeland Security advised people to switch browsers until the bug was squashed. Microsoft released the update Thursday and surprised many people by including an update for Windows XP as part of the rollout.

According to Adrienne Hall, a general manager of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing division, the company decided to patch the security flaw for Windows XP users because it occurred so close to the cut-off date.

She wrote in a blog post, “Of course we’re proud that so many people loved Windows XP, but the reality is that the threats we face today from a security standpoint have really outpaced the ability to protect those customers using an operating system that dates back over a decade. This is why we’ve been encouraging Windows XP customers to upgrade to a modern, more secure operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.”

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