Microsoft might stop updating Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) antivirus software on systems running Windows XP after next April’s support cut-off, the company has suggested.
So far this is little more than a statement sent to a news website that enquired about the issue and not official policy, but the idea is clearly being mulled by Microsoft.
“Microsoft will not guarantee updates of our antimalware signature and engine after the XP end of support date of April 8, 2014,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.
“Running antivirus on out of support operating systems is not an adequate solution to help protect against threats. Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today’s threat landscape,” it continued.