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IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches

Anonymous Coward writes | about 6 months ago


An anonymous reader writes "When Microsoft terminated official support for Windows XP on April 8th, most organizations had taken the six years of warnings to heart and migrated to another solution. But not the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Only 52,000 of their 110,000 Windows-powered computers have been upgraded to Windows 7. They'll now be forced to pay Microsoft for Custom Support. How much? Using Microsoft's standard rate of $200 per PC, it'll be $11.6 million for one year. That leaves $18.4 million of their $30 million budget to finish the upgrades themselves, which works out to $317 per computer."
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IRS slow to change... never. (1)

nevermindme (912672) | about 6 months ago | (#46733569)

IRS slow to change... never.

Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe April 8 (1)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | about 6 months ago | (#46735023)

Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe on April 8, 2014 [] , the date Microsoft calls the "end of life" for Windows XP.

Governments and big corporations are often influenced by people with no technical knowledge. Because of their ignorance, governments have already paid Microsoft probably more than it costs to fix the few security defects found each year. However, the taxpayers of those governments will not be allowed to have the fixes. "End of life" is a way for Microsoft to make more money.

It's like Toyota told all owners of older Toyota vehicles that the vehicles are unsafe now and owners must buy new vehicles or pay millions of dollars to keep them. Except its worse: Software doesn't have mechanical wear.

This article contains tips about how to use any version of Microsoft Windows safely that can be shared with people you want to help. Unnecessary computer maintenance is an ugly way to make money.
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