Japan to Keep Windows XP on 200,000 Government PCs After Support Ends

Windows XP remains a very affordable choice for local authorities

Windows XP support will come to an end on April 8, 2014, so Microsoft goes on with its typical campaign supposed to push encourage everyone to adopt a newer OS version.

The Japanese government, on the other hand, seems to have no other choice than stay with XP after support ends, mostly due to insufficient funds to deploy Windows 7 or Windows 8.

The Japan News is reporting that a survey conducted by Yomiuri Shimbun and involving 1,789 local institutions revealed that more than 200,000 computers will continue to run XP after the retirement date, with 28 percent of the respondents citing the lack of funds as the main reason.

At this point, Windows XP is said to be installed on more than 1.765 million computers operating by the Japanese government, so the transition to a newer platform is critical for the security of local data.

Upgrading the remaining 200,000 computers to Windows 7 or 8, on the other hand, is said to be very costly, with estimates pointing to an investment of $2.4 billion (€1.8 billion).

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