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Thursday, June 25, 2015

U.S. Navy Spends $9M USD to Cling to Windows XP, Office 2003

Windows XP loadingThe U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) on Tuesday announced that it had closed a $9.1M USD "Custom Service Agreement" (CSA) with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to provide support for the the enterprise client version of the 14-year-old Windows XP, and for the 12-year old Office 2003 and Exchange server 2003 software.

I. Living in the Past

The contract had actually been announced back in April, but didn't receive final approval until this week. A release from USN-SPAWAR stated:
Across the United States Navy, approximately 100,000 workstations currently use these applications. Support for this software can no longer be obtained under existing agreements with Microsoft because the software has reached the end of maintenance period.

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