Microsoft recently waved goodbye to the most popular version of Windows ever, but a nasty security flaw lurking inside the company's web browser is forcing a quick fix, even for those too stubborn to upgrade to the latest OS.
Microsoft has announced the release of a new security update that addresses a newly uncovered flaw with the Internet Explorer web browser first disclosed by Redmond last weekend.
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Microsoft Group Manager of Response Communications Dustin Childs claimed security updates will be automatically installed for "the majority of customers," but a manual download is also available for users who haven't yet enabled Automatic Update.
Just this once?
Released at 10 a.m. PST Thursday, the so-called "out-of-band" update also applies to Windows XP, despite Microsoft having now disowned the nearly 13-year-old OS.
"We have made the decision to issue a security update for Windows XP users. Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, and we continue to encourage customers to migrate to a modern operating system, such as Windows 7 or 8.1," Childs elaborated.
Childs also encouraged Windows customers to upgrade to the latest version of the popular web browser, currently Internet Explorer 11.
Microsoft will host a live webcast Friday, May 2 at 11 a.m. PST to discuss today's security bulletin, which presumably will include yet another reminder for Windows XP holdouts to let go of the past; registration for that event is now open to all.
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