London cops spend over $2 million to stick with Windows XP

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

London’s Metropolitan Police is now wondering whether to update to Windows 10 or stick with Windows XP. The question is harder than it seems: 27,000 of its computers run Windows XP, an OS not currently supported by Microsoft.

Since April 2014, Microsoft stopped patching Windows XP for free, meaning that London’s Metropolitan Police is paying for a Microsoft Custom Support Agreement in order to keep receiving security updates for the old operating system.

In April 2015, the institute told Motherboard it had around 35,000 computers running Windows XP under the support arrangement. However, since then, the Metropolitan Police upgraded around 8,000 computers to Windows 8.1, leavng over 27,000 computers still running the old operating system.

According to Andrew Boff, Conservative Greater London Assembly member, the Metropolitan Polic should stop using Windows XP on its computers. Boff also added that the security of Londoners’ information is at high risk because there are many outdated computers that store personal information. At the same time, Boff is asking himself how much money the Metropolitan Police has wasted on security updates for Windows XP.

Let’s not forget the 8,000 computers now running on Windows 8.1. Boff, who is former IT consultant, is wondering why London’s Metropolitan Police didn’t migrate to the newer and more secure Windows 10.

INFO: In concordance with the BBC, the Metropolitan Police has a £1.65m ($2.15m) deal with Microsoft for continued Windows XP support until April 2017. By the end of September 2016, the police force will upgrade 6,000 more computers to Windows 8.1.

Last year, the US Navy agreed to pay Microsoft around $9 million for Windows XP support until July 2016, with a $31 million option to extend this deal until June 2017, if necessary.

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