Despite originally announcing that it would lend support for its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), Microsoft actually decided to extend it for another year and a half. Originally, EMET support should have ended on January 27, 2017, a date which has now been moved to July 31, 2018.
EMET is a security feature for Windows operating systems older than Windows 10. It provides an additional layer of security to the system by dealing with common exploit kits. This tool is not integrated with older versions of Windows, so therefore users have to install it manually.
That’s exactly the reason why Microsoft decided to stick with EMET for a bit longer: There are still a lot of users who need to switch from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10. And apparently, Microsoft believes they’ll do so until July 2018.
Some parts of EMET are integrated with Windows 10, so Microsoft doesn’t see the point in supporting the older version anymore. In fact, Microsoft says that EMET not being integrated with older systems actually causes problems:
“Many of EMET’s features were not developed as robust security solutions. As such, while they blocked techniques that exploits used in the past, they were not designed to offer real durable protection against exploits over time. Not surprisingly, one can find well-publicized, often trivial bypasses, readily available online to circumvent EMET,” says Microsoft.
Since July 2018 is far ahead, the majority of users will probably switch to Windows 10 (they’ll certainly need to, if they want new computers) by that time. So, they probably won’t even notice this feature is gone.
Microsoft reminds users that this was the one and only extension for EMET support on Windows and that no patches or security updates will be released after July 31, 2018.
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