“Despite reaching its official end of life over a year ago, Microsoft’s Windows XP is still bringing the company some significant revenue — largely because Department of Defense and government customers can’t seem to get rid of it,” Sean Gallagher reports for Ars Technica. “And the Navy is one of Microsoft’s best custom-support customers.”
“The US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has closed a $9.1 million contract extension with Microsoft that the agency originally announced in April to further extend custom support for the venerable Windows XP operating system, as well as the Office 2003 suite and Exchange 2003 e-mail,” Gallagher reports. “The renewal, according to SPAWAR officials, will buy the Navy ‘time to migrate from its existing reliance on the expiring product versions to newer product versions approved for use in Ashore and Afloat networks, and will provide hotfixes to minimize risks while ensuring support and sustainability of deployed capabilities.'”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: In related news, the U.S. Navy’s nuclear sub screen door installation program is also proceeding swimmingly.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]