The Department of Health (DoH) has revealed that it is negotiating with Microsoft for extended Windows XP support to avoid security risks when support for the platform ends soon.
The deal will mean that the million or so Windows XP machines still in use within the NHS will be given support and updates after the 8 April deadline. The Register first reported on the negotiations between Microsoft and the DoH.
“We are discussing plans with Microsoft for putting in place a migration plan and extended support for the NHS,” the DoH said in a statement.
“As well as mitigating against the potential risks of unsupported Windows XP, we hope this will save a lot of money for the NHS alongside the benefits of more modern operating systems.”
No word was given about cost but it is unlikely to be cheap, given the number of XP devices said to still be in use by the NHS. The DoH wrote to NHS Trusts to warn them of the XP support cut-off but clearly not enough was done in time to prepare for the deadline.
The deal underlines the pressure facing many organisations to ensure they are ready for the end of XP. Microsoft has given repeated warnings about the cut-off, which will leave users of the ageing platform open to many security concerns.
Some, such as Easyjet and Poundland have heeded these warnings and put migration plans in place, but many V3 readers have said they have no intention of moving, underlining the support for the operating system.
The next issue of the V3 Tablet App will feature an in-depth look at the Windows XP cut-off and the issues firms face by not moving, as well as insight on how best to prepare for the weeks and months ahead. Register on V3 now to make sure you get the issue for free when it is launched.
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