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jmke 19th January 2010 11:23

After Google "hack", Microsoft Urges People To Upgrade Away From XP/IE6
 
Microsoft's relationship with IE6 and XP is complicated. On the one hand, the company refuses to drop support for IE6 and won't force users to upgrade away from it, and it still makes sure to offer businesses add-ons like Windows XP Mode as well as MED-V. On the other hand, the software giant runs mini campaigns and pushes for users to upgrade away from the ancient applications, usually citing security.

Still, this is the first time we've seen Microsoft actually recommend users upgrade because of a specific flaw, and not just away from IE6 but away from Windows XP completely. Microsoft doesn't say that newer versions of Internet Explorer and later Windows releases are invulnerable to the flaw, but it does explain that they have "reduced risk to the exploit" due to platform mitigations such as IE Protected Mode and Data Execution Prevention.

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/new...cam paign=rss

jmke 19th January 2010 11:24

I'm sure Microsoft will have no problem if everybody upgraded from XP to Windows 7 ;)

wutske 19th January 2010 12:41

XP supports DEP and IE8 with IE Protected Mode can be installed on XP.
So I don't see a good reason why they'd suggest people to upgrade to Vista/7 :p

jmke 19th January 2010 13:03

financial reasons ;)

wutske 19th January 2010 17:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by jmke (Post 252621)
financial reasons ;)

For them, but not for us :p


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