UK Government chooses not to renew XP support

UK newspaper, The Guardian, reports that the UK government is not going to renew support for their aging and now unsupported Windows XP desktop infrastructure.

Microsoft withdrew its extended support programme for Windows XP, its 14-year-old operating system, in April 2014. Given the number of Windows XP PCs still being used in government and businesses at the time, Microsoft provided paid-for extended support on a one-off basis.

The UK government has decided not to extend the $5.5m contract this year, an is expecting each government departments which still have XP machines to negotiate extended support with Microsoft directly.

The Guardian reports that, while the government’s move away from Windows XP, which each department has had seven years’ warning to complete, was described as having had “good process”, some departments have struggled with the transition. The Metropolitan Police Service, for instance, sought a support agreement directly from Microsoft, while HM Revenue and Customs is reportedly behind schedule in its transition to Windows 7 and 8.1.  NHS Scotland also has about 2,600 computers still running XP, while the trusts across England and Wales making up NHS services have varying numbers of XP computers.

(Link to original article in the Guardian)