We have been hearing a lot about the Internet Explorer bug that gives remote access to attackers. The bug has impacted the IE browser on computers with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)‘s Windows XP Operating System. Microsoft has already stopped supporting Windows XP and announced earlier that it wouldn’t release any new bug fixes for the OS. The users have been asked to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8, but there are still millions of PCs running on Windows XP. The new bug had serious security implications and the governments of the USA, UK and several other countries have advised not to use Internet Explorer until the issue gets fixed. This placed the company in a tight spot.
Though, the problem doesn’t look alarming for a Windows 7 or Windows 8 users, but the XP users were left stranded as they didn’t have any option but to use other browsers or to upgrade. Upgrading at the scale of millions of users was not possible overnight. So the increasing chaos created some bad press for the software giant and ultimately impacted its stock price. In this way, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) had really no choice but to develop and release a patch for Windows XP.
This was not the first time either when Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) came in such a tight situation. Back in 2005, Microsoft had to release a patch for NT4, though the support ended in December of the previous year. There was an existing vulnerability on NT4 that existed for ages and Microsoft did what it did today for XP users.
Moreover, experts say that this might not be the last update Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) launches for XP though it might just be. We don’t deny chances of another update for XP, caused by the next severe vulnerability, to be announced.