It wasn't long ago when Microsoft announced that the company is stopping all kinds of support for its popular Windows XP platform. However, the XP platform still has a big number of loyal users and Microsoft is doing all it can to offer some support to these users.
Microsoft's XP operating system was recently subjected to a certain bug that affects its Internet Explorer browser. Now, Microsoft is helping those hundreds of millions of customers still running Windows XP by providing an emergency update to fix a critical bug in its Internet Explorer browser.
Microsoft, on Wednesday, initially said it would not provide the remedy to Windows XP users since it had stopped supporting the product. However, on Thursday, Microsoft started releasing the fix for the bug via its automated Windows Update system.
A company spokeswoman also confirmed on the same and stated that the remedy was already being pushed out for all those on Windows XP still having issues with the Internet Explorer bug.
"The majority of customers have automatic updates enabled and will not need to take any action because protections will be downloaded and installed automatically," Dustin Childs of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, the company's security group, said in a blog post. "If you're unsure if you have automatic updates, or you haven't enabled Automatic Update, now is the time."
"We have made the decision to issue a security update for Windows XP users," he said, while also noting that "Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft" and that the Redmond-based tech heavyweight "continue[s] to encourage customers to migrate to a modern operating system, such as Windows 7 or 8.1."
Microsoft had rushed to create the fix after it learnt of the bug in the operating system over the weekend when cybersecurity firm FireEye warned it about a sophisticated group of hackers who had exploited the bug to launch attacks in a campaign dubbed "Operation Clandestine Fox."
Also, This is the first high-profile threat to emerge after Microsoft stopped providing support to its 13-year-old XP operating software on April 8.