IRS reportedly paying Microsoft millions for Windows XP support
Looks like the UK government isn't the only public authority ready to reach for its checkbook over extended Windows XP support. Engadget reports that across the Atlantic, the IRS is preparing to fork over a large sum of cash to Microsoft for support for the ageing OS, which was put out to pasture on April 8.
The site says Uncle Sam will hand over "millions of dollars" to keep legacy IT systems up and running after the cut-off date. Half the IRS's systems currently run XP, though the plan is to get everything moved over to the newer Windows 7, supported until 2020, by the end of the year.
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Also most of them don't have 64bit support.
Also, Bing IS better than Google. Google has no design, doesn't work with Cortana, doesn't give more info and options, etc. There has been a study in which people said Google results were Bing and Bing results were Google and they chose Google which was Bing. Don't be biased for the branding. WTF.
Um remember that "take the bing challenge" ad? A professor actually didn't buy what they claimed, so he made another, even bigger study. It showed that the ad challenge was actually skewing numbers. And the ad creators didn't know what to say about that.. So a bit of lying. As for better... I think it depends on the person really. I took the bing challenge. At first I hated using bing... I ended up liking it in the end. It was hard to go back to Google, but I made it. I actually do prefer Google, still. Because after them knowing so much about me, they know exactly what porn I'm looking for (haha little joke but I hope you get my point there). As for design. I will admit that bing has the most f****ng sexiest design style, for a search engine, ever. It is nice to use. But the design doesn't make it work better. It is just aesthetics. Um cortana.. Well seeing as cortana was just finished/created, we can't yell at Google for not playing nice with it. That is more microsoft's fault, I would say. And for Google not giving options.. What do you mean by that. I see billions of options on Google. I can choose anything I want. Usually, I find every thing i need in the first 4 pages. Did you mean settings? Cause those have gotten harder to access, but they are still there. Working well. Oh and the study you mentioned, I read that. Yeah that was pure biased choosing. The people didnt even consider reading things... Which was bad. But I personally have tried comparing searches, by myself. I like to think of myself as an open minded person because it helps me make decisions as impartially possible. I don't think I was biased, but I did prefer what Google brought to me vs what bing brought to me. Bing has a social site pane.. Which means they consider what people say on sites like Facebook, twitter, and tumblr. Those get a small priority in searches for bing, in other words. I just don't care for those. That's my only dislike about bing. Lol. Wow I wrote a lot, sorry for that. >< let's stay civilized though. I'm ready to listen :)