UK government is paying £5.5 million for continued support of Windows XP
Support for Windows XP may be ending in just a few days, but that doesn't mean everyone has prepared themselves for a switch.
The U.K. government, in particular, has announced that a new agreement with Microsoft will get them continued support for the next 12 months while they continue to update their infrastructure to newer versions of the operating system. Of course, this comes at a cost — £5.5 million to be exact. This figure, while quite high, is small compared to the cost of updating all the various systems and training users, and would have been considerably higher had individual departments negotiated with Microsoft versus one grand agreement.
It's still a bitter pill to swallow when you see your tax dollars spent to support old IT, and we imagine a big push to move things over will be coming this year.
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Sorry, it's just emotions :)
2. They do know windows 8 has desktop mode right? IIS, WCF (even though no one uses that anymore), ability to develop and all the goodies needed. c'mon man, put that money in us, startups and Indies... We really need it.