If your computer is still running Windows XP, gasp, you no longer receive critical updates and patches for your system. That's because Microsoft ended support for the antiquated Windows XP last year, kind of. The U.S. Navy just paid the company $9.1 million to renew a contract that will force Microsoft to continue supporting the old operating system.
The contract also requires Microsoft to support other outdated products like Office 2003 and the Exchange 2003 email system.
Why would the Navy pay so much money just to keep using old tools? The answer probably has to do with convenience. The Navy has over 100,000 computers running XP, so updating its systems would require a lot of leg work and cause some serious growing pains.
The Navy did develop plans to migrate away from Windows XP, but if this payment is any indication, that isn't going to happen anytime soon.
And, the Navy isn't alone. The Army has 8,000 computers still running XP that require support, according to Ars Technica.