US Navy pays out millions to Microsoft to keep running Windows XP

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(SOURCE) The US Navy has agreed to pay Microsoft at least $9m to help secure computers running Windows XP after it failed to replace the aged OS before support ended.

The deal will see Microsoft provide critical hotfixes and software patches for Windows XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Server 2003 for a maximum of three years.

The navy runs a number of “legacy applications” that require Windows XP, which it is in the process of replacing.

Steven A. Davis, a space and naval warfare systems command spokesman, described why the joint Microsoft premier support services and Microsoft custom support services deal is necessary.

He added the deal would specifically help “maintain enterprise-wide Microsoft capabilities to ensure Navy warfighters have connectivity to their respective networks and to the data necessary to support and accomplish their mission”.

Welp…might as well start taking those Mandarin classes now. The United States Navy is still running Windows XP. That’s right, the NAVY of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is running a 14 year old operating system, and paying MILLIONS of dollars to do it. 14 years in operating system years is the equivalent of approximately 10 million human years. Shit, this article was written 13 hours ago and I feel like I’m way late to the party posting it.

When the greatest Navy in the world is using computers that have less computing capability than my iPhone, you can’t blame me for being a little nervous. All it takes is one YouTube video in HD slowing down your entire system, and grandma’s bingo cruise turns into the Lusitania.

So Admiral Greenert, if you’re reading this (and I’m sure you are) do us all a favor, and at least upgrade to Windows 7. And if you wouldn’t mind sending some of that saved cash my way…I’ve got some student loans to pay off.

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