For once, the rumors were untrue. I kid, I kid. So this is how it went. Reports started flying off a few days back that Windows XP was about to lose the support of an important element. Java.
Oracle was said to be pulling Java support for Windows XP, providing yet another reason to abandon the retired operating system and move to a newer platform. However, these reports ended up being false, and the verdict is that Java will work on Windows XP until 2015.
The company, in a recent statement, confirmed that these reports were inaccurate. And it further confirmed that users that are still on the 13-year-old operating system will receive updates:
“We expect all versions of Java that were supported prior to the Microsoft de-support announcement to continue to work on Windows XP for the foreseeable future. In particular, we expect that JDK 7 will continue to work on Windows XP.
Security updates issued by Oracle will continue to be pushed out to Windows XP desktops. Users that download JDK 7 from java.oracle.com or java.com will continue to be able to install on Windows XP.”
This last bit is important, as a large number of software programs depend on Java, and security vulnerabilities are often discovered — only to be patched later.
The company hopes that by the time 2015 is out, most users would have upgraded from Windows XP.