That last Windows XP update was the last one, for real this time

Remember how Microsoft said they were done supporting and updating Windows XP, and then they pushed out an update for Windows XP anyway? Yeah, that's not happening again.

In all fairness, Windows XP is still a relatively widely-used operating system and is also quite old, as far as software is concerned. And Microsoft also gave plenty of warning — years worth — that they were going to end support. They said that customers should just move on, with the popular Windows 7 and Windows 8 as worthy options for any upgrader. Or a new computer.

That said, the update that Microsoft issued for XP two weeks ago was for a critical "0-day" vulnerability in Internet Explorer, a vulnerability that could be traced all the way back to Internet Explorer 6 and still existed in version 11.

But that's it. No more. So says Microsoft:

If you're still on Windows XP, you won't receive any security or non-security updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update. Support ended for Windows XP April 8. If you continue to use Windows XP without support, your computer will still likely work -- but it will become vulnerable to security risks and over time, its performance will be affected.

Unless you're a government agency that'd rather pay millions of dollars for continued XP support instead of upgrading your ancient computers.

But the rest of you are done.

Source: Microsoft

Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.