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Microsoft just made millions off a 14-year-old product they just shut down a year ago

By Eugene Kim, Michael B. Kelley, and Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider 7/02/2015 1:35 PM Eastern
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WHY THIS MATTERS

As the authors point out, XP is the gift that keeps on giving. And of course when it comes to the US government, there is never any rush at all to change decades prematurely when it’s still 2003 somewhere. –Cynthia Wisehart

Even though Microsoft stopped selling Windows XP in 2010 and completely shut down support updates a little over a year ago, it's continuing to make money off of it.It's because there's still a huge customer base using Windows XP and they're willing to dole out millions of dollars for custom security support.The latest customer to sign a Windows XP support deal is the US Navy. On Tuesday,the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)closed a $9.1 million contract with Microsoft that guarantees continued custom support for security updates on the 100,000 workstations still using Windowx XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003, and Windows Server 2003. The full contract could extend to 2017, and be worth up to $30.8 million,IDG News added. "The Navy has plans to phase out the obsolete platforms because, as the unclassified document notes, using decade-old Windows platforms makes the systems vulnerable.“Without this continued support, vulnerabilities to these systems will be discovered, with no patches to protect the systems,” the Navy document states. All that said, updating these systems if far from a simiple task.  MORE@BusinessInsider

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