[ISN] The US Navy’s warfare systems command just paid millions to stay on Windows XP

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2939254/the-us-navys-warfare-systems-command-just-paid-millions-to-stay-on-windows-xp.html By Martyn Williams IDG News Service June 22, 2015 The U.S. Navy is paying Microsoft millions of dollars to keep up to 100,000 computers afloat because it has yet to transition away from Windows XP. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which runs the Navy’s communications and information networks, signed a US$9.1 million contract earlier this month for continued access to security patches for Windows XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Windows Server 2003. The entire contract could be worth up to $30.8 million and extend into 2017. The first three of those products have been deemed obsolete by Microsoft, and Windows Server 2003 will reach its end of life on July 14. As a result, Microsoft has stopped issuing free security updates but will continue to do so on a paid basis for customers like the Navy that are still using those products. […]