Governments Fork Over Cash for Windows XP Support

You know that support is ending for Windows XP on Tuesday, right? Microsoft have been making final pleas to users to make the switches to Windows 7 or 8 so that it can finally put the once flagship OS to bed. However, if you’re willing to pay a hefty price tag, you can still maintain support for XP if you insist on using it and that’s exactly what a couple of governments have done.

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The UK government has forked over £5.5 million to Microsoft in a 12 month deal that will allow computers and staff across the public sector to continue receiving support and security updates for XP after April 8, when free support ends.

Similarly, the Dutch government has signed a similar agreement. Dutch News reported a “multi-million euro” deal to continue support.

“Between 34,000 and 40,000 Dutch national government civil servants are still using computers equipped with Windows XP, even though Microsoft is ending its support for the programme this month.”

These deals come up even though we have known for a few years that XP would be coming to an end, giving personal users as well as businesses and authorities ample time to make the move or invest in new systems but they have seemingly waited to the last minute and in this case opted for simply forking over a couple of million to continue using the OS for another year. Will the same option be available to them in 2015? Who knows?

What we want to know if you are still using Windows XP. Have you made the switch ahead of Tuesday’s deadline or are you willing to pay out some cash to continue using your favorite OS? Prices for support for personal users come in at about $200 so is it worth it?

Finally, it will be interesting to see if a larger country like the US is doing the same thing and just how much it will cost the tax payer to continue using XP.

H/T: Computer Weekly