Just like the Patch Tuesday update cycle for last month, when Microsoft pulled the plug off of Windows XP on April 8, this month’s batch of fixes promises to be equally notable.

This is the first Patch Tuesday release without any fixes for Windows XP.

And although Redmond did well in fixing a critical Internet Explorer vulnerability on Windows XP earlier this month (or otherwise), the retired operating platform is officially out in this new rollout.

As expected, people, as expected.

Microsoft have put up a new advisory for the monthly Patch Tuesday cycle that takes place on May 13 this time around, and users are set to be provided with eight different security updates next week.

Elaborate details are missing, obviously, for security reasons, but six of these updates are considered Important, while two come with the Critical tag.

Windows, Internet Explorer, Office Web Apps, SharePoint Server are all in line to receive updates.

Speaking of the date, May 13 is also important as this is the day when the software titan will stop providing updates to Windows 8.1 users, unless they have installed Windows 8.1 Update.

The company explained the thought process behind making this update mandatory, with the reason being that all future updates made to its modern operating platform are to be based on this version of Windows 8.1.

Logical. Painfully logical.

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  1. Good! I hope they stick to it this time. People have had plenty of warning. It’s time to move on for everyone involved.

    • 100% agree. After all of this and backing down once, it’s time to stick to the original plan. XP needs to be put down once and for all.

  2. Nice move. Stay strong, Redmond. Trust your newer products and trust they’ll stay in the Microsoft family. Odds are, they will.

  3. collective pitch / May 10, 2014 at 10:21 am /Reply

    The anti-XP tone in the articles of this site make me sick! XP is hands down the best operating system out of XP/7/8. I triple boot all three on my main machine, and I’m sticking with XP until 7 becomes obsolete (too bad, or too good Windows 7 comes with IE8), which won’t happen until 2020… Even then, IE8 will still have a good few trailing years after that until no more folks run Windows 7.

    I might be swayed to abandon XP for 9 if it can run graphics-intensive apps just as good as XP. 7/8 infested by crapload of DRM that slows the system down by up to 8X.

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