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Windows XP will still be running at over half of UK councils after support ends

Open to bugs from 8 April
Mon Mar 24 2014, 14:48
Microsoft Windows XP boxes on the assembly line in 2001

MORE THAN HALF OF LOCAL COUNCILS in the UK will still run Windows XP on at least some machines after its end-of-life deadline next month.

The INQUIRER's sister publication CRN discovered the Windows XP data through a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.

CRN sent 433 FOI requests to all UK local councils, and 52 per cent of those that responded admitted that they would still be running Windows XP on some machines after Microsoft ends support on 8 April.

At least six councils will be running every device on Windows XP after the support cutoff, a frightening insight into the outdated IT infrastructure across the UK public sector. A further 17 councils said that they would still run more than 90 per cent of devices on Windows XP. You can read the full story over at CRN.

Microsoft has carried out a series of schemes to try to convince firms and individuals still using the 12-year-old operating system to upgrade to a newer version of Windows. But as CRN has revealed, Windows XP is still a firm favourite among many organisations. µ


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