Windows XP users left high and dry as Oracle ends Java support

July 4, 2014 – 10:10 AM

Windows XP hold-outs pay attention. If you run the Java runtime on XP, it looks as if the current version is about as good as it gets. The next version, 7u65 and 8u11, due to ship in the middle of July, will not support or run on XP.

Oracle hasn’t announced this so much as sneaked out the information on its Java support site.

“As of April 8, 2014 Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP and therefore it is no longer an officially supported platform,” says the text.

Sure enough, checking the operating system list for JDK 7 and JRE 7 certified system configurations, Windows XP is now missing from a list that contains Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

According to Danish security firm Heimdal, which first noticed the issue after being tipped off by partners, XP users will be able to download and install the new version of Java but it won’t load correctly. Oddly, when the firm tried to confirm this with Oracle it got no reply.

Techworld asked Oracle for a comment and was met with a similarly chilly silence. It seems that the firm has made its position as clear as it wants to and that’s the end of the matter.

“Windows XP still accounts for approximately 20 percent of the PC’s in use, according to global market data. Of those XP users some 82 percent also use Oracle Java according to our intelligence. . This means that millions of PC users, who still run Microsoft XP, are being left in the dark with a piece of software that is known to be very vulnerable,” said Heimdal’s CEO, Morten Kjaersgaard.


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