US Navy Spending 31 Million Dollars To Keep Using Windows XP
U.S. Navy still wasn’t ready to let go of Windows XP and now they’re paying for it. Over on defense.gov, you can even see just how much they’re paying for it. Spoiler alert: it’s just over $9.1 million. The agreement with Microsoft actually covers a bunch of outdated software. In addition to Windows XP, the Navy is still clinging to Office 2003, Windows Server 2003, and Exchange 2003.
That keeps the Navy covered until July 2016, but there’s a provision to extend the contract until June of 2017. If it’s exercised, the Navy will have spent a grand total of $31 million on Premier Support from Microsoft. You think it is a lot of money for outdated Windows software, but it’s nothing compared to an annual budget of well over $100 billion.
ZD Net spoke to Stephen A. Davis, “space and naval warfare systems command spokesman.” He explained that “nearly all the networks and workstations afloat and ashore” will benefit from the agreement.