There are something around 100,000,000 PCs around the world still running Windows XP, including many in busineses supporting mission critical software.
You may have heard there is an extremely severe hole in Microsoft Internet Explorer – going all the way back to MSIE 6.0. Microsoft said flat out that while it has a patch that would fix MSIE 8.0 (the last version that will run under Windows XP), it would not release a patch because XP support has ended.
Imaginary future courtroom setting
DOJ Lawyer: So, let me see if I understand this – you had a fix for the MSIE security hole and you decided not to release the fix to the 100 million users whose systems have now been hijacked. Why did you do that?
MS Lawyer: Well, XP support has ended. We told people they need to buy new computers or buy an upgrade to Windows 8.1. If they didn’t do it, it’s their fault.
EU Lawyer: So let’s see if I understand this… You withheld a patch that you had to extort money from the people who trusted your operating system to be secure. Is that your testimony?
MS Lawyer: Well, they did have the option to remove MSIE from their system if they wanted to stay on XP but not be exposed to the security hole we refuse to fix.
EU Lawyer: You really want to go down this path again?
Microsoft released patches today for MSIE 6,7 and 8 for Windows XP.