This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures.

For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP. For consumers, this applies to Microsoft Security Essentials.

In a post-script, Microsoft also said:

We’ve received some inquiries about what “no longer supported operating system” means. To clarify, this mean that, after April 8, 2014, Windows XP users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or on line technical content updates from Microsoft.

And while neither post explicitly said “UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 8!” the message is clear if a little quiet.

I have no idea why this story isn’t bigger news on BBC national, World Service, PBS America, Mashable and the national press. April 8 is less than twelve weeks away. AJS

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