[ISN] Windows XP support deal not renewed by government, leaves PCs open to attack

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2406304/windows-xp-government-support-deal-ends-leaving-pcs-open-to-attack By Dan Worth, Dave Neal V3.co.uk 29 Apr 2015 The government has not renewed its £5.5m Windows XP support deal with Microsoft despite thousands of computers across Whitehall still running the ancient software, leaving them wide open to cyber attacks. The contract was negotiated last year between Microsoft and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which is part of the Cabinet Office, to provide one year’s additional support after the general support deadline for XP expired. The CCS made it plain at the time that it would not renew the deal, and urged all departments to ensure that they migrated in time. “It is important to note that there are no plans to negotiate a further national extension of XP support beyond April 2015,” the CCS said in a letter to departments. “It is therefore essential that all NHS organisations put in place robust plans to migrate away from Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 by that date.” […]