Microsoft Released a security patch on Thursday, May 1st, which fixed all Windows versions of Internet Explorer, including for Windows XP!
XP has been out of support, but with a heavy installed base — estimated at 30% of the world’s computers by some — Microsoft made an exception to its policy by updating the operating system. At a lot of law firms, there was a visible sigh of relief. Kudos to Microsoft for doing the right thing.
Personally, I took the opportunity to change my default browser to Chrome, and I don’t regret it. There are a few software packages I have which are not compatible. For example, Copernic Desktop Search. But I only use that for searches internal to my system, so I don’t really care.
In case you’re curious, data from NetMarketShare.com indicates that Windows 7 powers 49.27% of the world’s computers, while Windows 8.0 and 8.1 combined account for only 12.24%. MAC versions 10.6 through 10.8 combined holds 3.25% of market share. That number surprises me, as I’m seeing strong growth in the legal industry.