Windows XP Support Ends; UK, Dutch Governments to Pay for Continuing Support
Rumors of the timely death of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows XP have been greatly exaggerated, at least for the two European governments offering the company millions to keep the operating system supported for their computer networks.
While support for Windows XP will end for most users on Tuesday, the United Kingdom and the Dutch government are negotiating multimillion-dollar deals with Microsoft so that the tech company will continue to offer support for their Windows XP-based computers. The announcement that service would end was originally made in October 2012.
Computerworld UK reports that the United Kingdom negotiated a 5.55 million pound ($9.11 million) contract for an additional year of support for its computers that still use Windows XP. The contract is meant to cover Windows XP-based PCs used by U.K. government offices as the British government continues to update its computers. Part of the deal stipulated that the government would finish most of its migration plan by April 2015. The Telegraph suggests that about 20,000 government computers still use Windows XP.
The Dutch government’s deal with Microsoft to extend its support is a multimillion-euro deal that extends to approximately 34,000-40,000 computers, reports Dutch News. The news outlet also said that two out of five local councils in the Netherlands still use Windows XP.
Businesses can also pay for additional support for their Windows XP-based computers. In a statement made to PC World, a Microsoft representative said that support would be continued for larger companies to ease their migrations to newer operating systems.