If you still remember Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system, released in 2001, then you know it was praised as one of the best versions of Windows. In spite of the four newer versions of the operating system, some are still using the age-old OS with London’s Metropolitan Police even paying Microsoft $2 million to receive security updates for their 27, 000 PCs currently running on Windows XP.
Microsoft stopped all general support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, 13 years after its launch. In spite of this, many users have refused to upgrade to a newer version, but most surprising is the fact that medical centers, retail outlets and even government institutions such as the Police are still using the vulnerable operating system.
This information has been revealed through a new report from the Greater London Authority Conservatives, which cites Andrew Boff, a London Assembly Member, who believes that the Police is at risk of losing important information if it doesn’t upgrade.
“The Met should have stopped using Windows XP in 2014 when extended support ended, and to hear that 27,000 computers are still using it is worrying. My major concern is the security of Londoners’ information on this dangerously out-of-date system, but I would also like to know how much money the Met have wasted on bespoke security updates.”
Currently, the only way to secure the London Police’ 27, 000 PCs running on Windows XP is to pay Microsoft $2 million to develop new security patches. The Dutch government faces a similar situation where it had to pay $1. 7 million for maintaining security on their Windows XP devices.
Fortunately enough, the London Police has plans to upgrade their OS to a newer version. In 2015 it managed to upgrade 8, 000 PCs with another 6, 000 upgrades planned for the next month. According to Boff, the systems will run on Windows 8.1, which is peculiar since the free upgrade to Windows 10 isn’t possible anymore.
According to statistics provided by NetMarketShare, Windows 7 still has the biggest market share with 47 percent, followed by Windows 10 with 21.13 percent, while Windows 8 and 8.1 barely have 10 percent share combined. Before the release of Windows 10, XP was trailing behind Windows 7 because of the poor performance of Windows 8 and 8.1.
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