Microsoft said that they will discontinue support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Updates will be provided to their anti-malware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015, which is more than a year after XP support officially ends.
“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,” stated Microsoft in a blog post. “Our research shows that the effectiveness of antimalware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited. Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today?s threat landscape.”
This April, Microsoft will stop publishing Windows XP patches. Microsoft is advising customers to switch over to Windows 7 or Windows 8.