Ending of Windows XP era
Microsoft annonced stopping supports 12-year-old desktop operating system will end on 8 April 2014.Also company announced that on April 8, it will also end support for the Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials.This is going to be difficult to users because thousands of applications that cannot be moved to a newer OS because they are incompatible.
Microsoft released XP on August 24, 2001, it is the second most popular version of Windows, based on installed user base. The name “XP” is short for “eXPerience”,highlighting the enhanced user experience.
Windows XP, the successor to Windows 2000 and Windows ME, was the first consumer-oriented operating system produced by Microsoft to be built on the Windows NT kernel. Windows XP was released worldwide for retail sale on October 25, 2001, and over 400 million copies were in use in January 2006. It was succeeded by Windows Vista in January 2007.
Even Windows 7, which was released in 2009, has been a bit of a slow burner for Microsoft.
But unlike Vista, many businesses have bought into the upgrade path and are migrating from XP to Windows 7.
Microsoft supports the virtualisation of IE6 applications only if the IT department runs its Terminal Services software or chooses to run Windows XP in a virtual machine locally.
Migrating XP onto a server that runs Microsoft Terminal Services may give businesses a way to keep Windows XP running securely, but there are restrictions.
Microsoft states it does not support the use of Microsoft Application Virtualisation (App-V) or similar third-party application virtualisation products to virtualise IE6 as an “application” enabling multiple versions of Internet Explorer on a single operating system.
In addition, the terms under which Windows and IE6 are licensed do not permit IE6 “application” virtualisation. Microsoft supports and licenses IE6 only for use as part of the Windows operating system, not as a standalone application.
The main problem is security issues after stopping patches.Attacker can execute certain code with Windows Graphics Rendering vulnerability and can see, modify, delete data.
Besides, this vulnerability has been figured out by Moti Joseph and Xu Hao on POC 2010 conference and can occur while modifying thumbnail image.
Another alert, Bulletin 1 promises that it has patches for all supported versions of Microsoft Word and SharePoint Server, whereas the fourth bulletin addresses a denial-of-service weakness in Microsoft Dynamics AX.
Note:MS readying urgency for patching of XP is due to Microsoft ending its support to XP.