US Navy needs Windows XP support and paying Microsoft $9.1 million

WindowsXP US Navy needs support

Microsoft Officially stopped its support to 13-year old and popular operating system Windows XP more than a year ago. However even now it is considered as stable version and used in many government and military organizations are as yet utilizing the outdated OS on their PCs and are paying Microsoft for providing continued support. The most recent illustration is US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, who has sanctioned a $9.1 million agreement with Microsoft that will permit the organization to continue offering Windows XP support software update for that division.

As indicated by Ars Technica:

“The renewal, according to SPAWAR officials, will buy the Navy “time to migrate from its existing reliance on the expiring product versions to newer product versions approved for use in Ashore and Afloat networks, and will provide hotfixes to minimize risks while ensuring support and sustainability of deployed capabilities.” Many of the systems are in shipboard administrative networks that have not been available for extended periods of maintenance; the Navy is also playing catch-up on its land-based network upgrades as the result of the long delays in the service’s Next Generation Network (NGEN) contract—the follow-up to the outsourced Navy and Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI).”

Regardless of its age and its absence of official support, the most recent information from Net Applications demonstrates that Windows XP was utilized by 14.60% of all PCs worldwide as on May 2015.

Ars Technica

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