Windows XP gets a minor reprieve

Microsoft's support for Windows XP ends this coming Tuesday. I still have a some copies and have downloaded all the service packs for future use. When you are not planning to connect to the internet, XP is an excellent platform for machine control and some music applications. From the UK IT publication Computer Weekly:

Government signs £5.5m Microsoft deal to extend Windows XP support
The government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April.

The agreement is worth £5.548m, and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft's normal product cycles.

Where are these systems:

However, 85% of the approximately 800,000 PCs in the NHS still ran XP as of September last year, according to research from EHI Intelligence.

NHS is National Health Service -- their version of what Obamacare wants to be. I am personally concerned about their dropping support for Office 2003. I still think that it was the real sweet-spot for all of Microsoft's Office applications. The newer ones are just cluttered and get in the way of someone who knows how to write and has decent typing skills. I was running Open Office for a while with another system -- might be time to go take another look at it. Or switch to Q10.

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