UK government puts PCs at risk

Microsoft campusThe UK government has decided not to renew a service agreement with Microsoft for continuing support of Windows XP computers and that means thousands of machines will be vulnerable to hacking.

According to the Guardian, last year the government paid £5.5 million to continue supporting Windows XP computers and its own digital unit said XP machines will now be exploitable.

While the government stumped up for extended support last year, each department is now expected to make its own deal with Microsoft for patches and the like.

The government has pledged to upgrade its Windows machines but some have made slow progress and there may be an understandable reluctance to move to Windows 8.1, given that Windows 10 will arrive this year.

Despite the fact that the situation is patchy, the Guardian report said that departments have been sternly told not to use unsupported software.