CNN Money with some unreal news about how the Navy pays Microsoft $9 million a year for continued Windows XP support even after the product end-of-life:
In a statement, the Navy said it has a plan in place to upgrade its systems to a newer version of Windows. It expects to complete its upgrades by July 12, 2016.
But there’s a chance that it could take even longer. That’s why theNavy’s contract with Microsoft contains options to extend the deal through June 8, 2017. That would raise the amount the Navy will pay for Windows XP support to nearly $31 million.
“The Navy relies on a number of legacy applications and programs that are reliant on legacy Windows products,” said Steven Davis, spokesman for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. “Until those applications and programs are modernized or phased out, this continuity of services is required to maintain operational effectiveness.”
The most modern military in history continues to use Windows XP, an operating system unveiled in 2001 and one that never really took security seriously.