Java Updates Will STILL WORK on Windows XP, Despite End of Support
Microsoft’s announcement some time ago of officially ending support of Windows XP to get its owners to upgrade to more recent version of Windows made Windows XP owners jittery. As a result, Oracle has recently announced that it will not end support of future Java 7 security patches for Windows XP.
Due to the announcement, Windows XP owners thought that the upcoming update of Java 7 will not work on Windows XP. Oracle’s vice president of product management, Henrik Stahl, made Oracle’s stance clear in a blog post:
“We expect all versions of Java that were supported prior to the Microsoft de-support announcement to continue to work on Windows XP for the foreseeable future. Security updates issued by Oracle will continue to be pushed out to Windows XP desktops.”
Microsoft officially ended its support of Windows XP on April 8 2014, which made people worry that they will be deprived of future security updates of famous software. In tandem with Microsoft, Oracle also followed suite. Oracle made it clear on its Java website:
“Users may still continue to use Java 7 updates on Windows XP at their own risk, but support will only be provided against Microsoft Windows releases Windows Vista or later.”
The implication of Microsoft’s announcement is a source of grave concern for millions of Windows XP users and firms all over the world, given that Windows XP is 12 years old.
The ending of official support leaves the millions of computers with Windows XP vulnerable to security penetration. For instance, the Java 7 update will address 20 security vulnerabilities, some of them being quite big.
Moreover, Oracle’s announcement of ending support of Windows XP also implies that security issues found on Windows XP will have to be replicated on later versions of Windows for Oracle to make security patches. Issues found solely on Windows XP will not be able to be fixed, as said by Oracle itself:
“Oracle is not required to (and may be unable to) issue a patch or a workaround.”
If Oracle had stopped making functioning security patches for Java 7, people would have been forced to use older and vulnerable versions of Java, but to people’s solace, Oracle says the following:
“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Windows XP users will continue to receive automatic security updates for Java 7 until at least April 2015, when public updates for this version of Java are scheduled to stop. We will continue [to] monitor the uptake of Java 7 updates on Windows XP. If usage remains high when we get close to that milestone, we will take measures to keep Java users safe.”
However, Java 8 cannot be installed on Windows XP. All in all, the gist is that the Java 7 update will be available on Windows XP, and the issues that are found on Windows XP and later versions of Windows will be fixed by Oracle, but those only found on Windows XP won’t be.