Brandon LeBlanc wrote the following in a blog post: “Last week, we released a security update outside of our normal Update Tuesday cycle that fixes a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well as Windows XP,”. He further commented: “We made the decision to extend the update to all Windows XP customers based on the proximity to the established end of support date of April 8th for Windows XP. This was an exception, however, the Windows XP end of support policy still remains in place moving forward.”
Microsoft will however continue to give special Windows XP updates to some of its enterprise customers with whom special deals were made in order to help them with a transition from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. This last update thus comes with another warning to all Windows XP home users that have not switched yet to a newer operating system: Remaining on Windows XP will make you vulnerable to a potential number of new threats.