"We will continue [to] monitor the uptake of Java 7 updates on Windows XP," Stahl said. "If usage remains high when we get close to that milestone, we will take measures to keep Java users safe."
The situation is not the same with Java 8, which doesn't officially support Windows XP and cannot be installed on systems running the OS without manual intervention.
"We are looking at possible ways to address this issue but may decide not to -- if you are on Windows XP it's not clear that it's worth updating to Java 8 without also updating the OS," Stahl said.
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