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Support Ends for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003

After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates [for Windows XP or Office 2003]," a Microsoft XP end-of-life site reads.

Some reports have suggested that Microsoft is backtracking a bit on this deadline and that these changes suggest further steps back from the abyss are likely.

For example, earlier this month Microsoft announced that it would continue to provide its anti-malware solutions—Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection, and Windows Intune—on Windows XP through July 14, 2015, whereas it had previously explained that these solutions—and, as important, their anti-malware signatures—would cease to be provided or updated past April 8, 2014.