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The government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April.
The agreement is worth £5.548m, and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft’s normal product cycles.U.K. Government Pays Microsoft To Keep Windows XP Support [computerweekly.com]
India moving to GNU/Linux as XP support runs out
The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has issued a directive to local government departments asking them to switch over to open source software, in the wake of Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP this month.
Japanese bank beats XP deadline, moves 30,000 terminals to Windows 8
According to Microsoft Japan, Resona Holdings, an operator of several banks and other subsidiaries in the country, completed "one of the largest" Windows 8 deployments ever made in Japan, and in doing so beat Microsoft's much talked-of April 8 support deadline for both Windows XP and Office 2003.