Another Microsoft blunder
August 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Here’s what I would call a bit of a blunder by Microsoft. Just 3 months after the end of support of Windows XP, Microsoft decided to update the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit [EMET] to version 5.
Why am I mentioning this?
Well, EMET is an application that can help secure Windows XP. A reminder that about 25% of the computer population is still using Windows XP.
I sent off a message to Tim Rains, Director of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft. He was the one that announced it in the TechNet blogs. Never received a reply.
[If you are a Windows XP user, maybe leave him a comment as well.]
Part of the reason why I complained is that Microsoft went against their own rules when they released a security update for Internet Explorer in Windows XP after the support for Windows XP died.
If they can release a security update why not release this to include Windows XP?
[Note: It is Microsoft’s policy not to release any updates for a product that is out of support – unless you have a contract with Microsoft to extend the support which costs in excess of $100,000.]
I am not saying that EMET should be continued to be supported on Windows XP, but at least this last update.
Here is my original blog on EMET 4.1.