Navy paying tens of millions to keep Windows XP afloat

Far too many organizations are still clinging to Windows XP machines – including a branch of the U.S. military. 

Reports show that the U.S. Navy will pay $9.1 million to continue to receive patches and security updates for Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Windows Server 2003.

The Navy’s communication network, The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, has a number of legacy applications and services that it’ll need to pay to keep secure.

Of course, announcing that it’s still running legacy apps on a no-longer supported operating system will likely mean that the Navy’s network will be the target of attacks, which it probably already was.

Now the race will be on to find zero-days before the remaining 100,000 XP terminals are replaced.

XP still isn’t dead

Some IT pros will have a laugh or shake their heads over this long-overdue upgrade. Others will understand completely – no matter how much advanced notice they’ve been given, getting legacy apps to work on a new operating system isn’t always possible without a financial investment some companies aren’t willing to make.

For evidence look no further than the giddy reaction many had to the rumor that Microsoft would provide free upgrades to Windows 10 from XP. That myth was later debunked by Microsoft itself, but the fact it took off so quickly shows it was an exciting idea.

Making the transition

Windows 10 is finally just around the corner. Whether it’s the right Windows operating system for your needs or not, at least you’ll soon be able to compare each version available.

Start testing as soon as possible one way or another. Even if now’s not the time for the upgrade, sooner or later it may be the only version of Windows out there, and just a little legwork now could make the transition smoother down the line.