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Curtain falls on Windows XP as Microsoft releases final patches

The final security patches for Windows XP have been released in time for the end-of-support of the OAP OS on 8 April.

Two of the four bulletins detailed involved Windows XP, one of which is rated 'critical', the other 'important'. Both of them concern remote code execution affecting every desktop and server type on Windows XP.

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It's those types of attacks that can lead to hackers taking over a computer, and which every Windows XP user will be worrying about if they don't migrate before the deadline.

Word is also getting an update, with a patch affecting all versions of the software, including Word 2003.

Support for Office ends along with Windows XP, and the zero-day vulnerabilities that exist in the processing software have already been shown to be exploitable.

Even though Microsoft for some time now has been extolling the virtues of upgrading to newer operating systems, Windows XP still commands an incredible 27.7 per cent of global desktop share.

That figure makes it the second-most used OS in the world behind Windows 7. Yet the patches from Redmond are few and far between as the deadline draws closer.

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"I think a lot of people have made much ado about nothing regarding the end of life for XP," director of DevOps Andrew Storms told Computer World. "One of those being the hallucination that we would see a dump truck full of last-minute XP patches next week."

"It's not like Microsoft to sit on a bunch of known bugs for a long time and release them all on an arbitrary date."