Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in April of 2014. However, some customers including the United States navy are still using this legacy technology and are paying Microsoft to make sure their version of Windows XP is updated and protected against the latest threats and vulnerabilities.

The Navy has inked a 9.1 million dollar contract with Microsoft to keep Windows XP, and Office 2003 updated and protected from threats and vulnerabilities. This sparks a lot of questions most notably why they are using such an outdated software?

This quote from an official spokesperson from the Navy states the following.

“The Navy relies on a number of legacy applications and programs that are reliant on legacy Windows products,” SPAWAR spokesman Steven Davis told the news service. “Until those applications and programs are modernized or phased out, this continuity of services is required to maintain operational effectiveness.”

According to the official contract between Microsoft and the Navy as many as 100,000 machines could still be running Windows XP.

However, other government entities such as the Army, IRS, and more are also using this legacy operating system as it requires a lot of work to transfer all these machines to a newer operating system. Not to mention it might be smarter for the Navy to keep paying for these updates because rolling out an update of over 100,000 machines to get them on Windows 7 or Windows 8 could cause a mass wave of problems.

What do you think about this matter? Should the U.S government make a stronger push to keep these computers updated to the latest operating system or should they just keep paying Microsoft to support their versions of the software?

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