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Here comes the black market for XP patches


Hey buddy.”


What do you think I’m looking for?”

“XP SP 4.”

“Jeeze. Really?”

“Yeah, but it will cost you…”

I expect conversations along those lines to happen in real life on, say, May 13, 2014. Why that date? It will be the first Patch Tuesday when Microsoft will no longer be releasing patches for Windows XP — unless you’re one of those big XP customers, such as the IRS, that didn’t leave themselves enough time to get off of XP. If you’re one of those, then Microsoft will allow you to buy XP support for at least another year via its Custom Support plan.

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