Kiwi Police Criticized for Spending Money on Extended Windows XP Support

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The Kiwi police is part of the Windows XP userbase, as 10,000 computers used by officers in New Zealand were still running Windows XP on April 9.

As a result, the government had to spend no less than NZ $455,100 ($393,980 / 325,350 euros) to purchase extended support for Windows XP computers which were still on Windows XP. Nonetheless, labor information technology spokeswoman Clare Curran explained that spending so much money on custom support is actually the consequence of a “colossal failure” in planning of those responsible for upgrading computers.

“Allowing nearly 10,000 computer terminals to remain on Windows XP past April 8, 2014, represents a colossal failure in planning, since Microsoft first announced it was going to phase out support for Windows XP back in 2007,” she was quoted as saying by Stuff.

All computers will be upgraded to Windows 8.1, according to local officials, and the migration process is projected to be completed by year-end if everything goes as planned.

Worldwide, 26 percent of the desktop computers are running Windows XP, but these figures are expected to drop in the coming months, as more companies are completing the migration to a newer OS.

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