The countdown of Windows XP end of support reaches the two weeks mark, and some rather interesting developments have come our way regarding the retirement.

From news like companies announcing support for the platform for life, to the confirmation that hackers can break into ATMs powered by the old platform, to surprises like Windows 7 is seeing record sales as most Windows XP users are choosing this version, even though it will also soon be retired.

But the most security threats are for government agencies and financial institutions, and while many banks all over the world are going the extended support route, government offices are said to have started their migration.

This statement provided by Susie Adams, the chief technology officer, Microsoft Federal reveals that agencies are abandoning not only Windows XP but Office 2003 too.

And they are opting for Windows 8.1 and Office 365:

“We are seeing significant momentum in agencies moving to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 across the federal space. It is critical that federal agencies modernize now to avoid burdensome costs and ensure a smooth transition.”

Good, then, that Windows 8.1 is also the destination for government agencies.

Not only does it open up more possibilities for developers on the Windows Store, it also helps with the overall adoption of Windows Phone, and well, PC hardware vendors might also be in the win because of this, even if slightly.

Windows XP is set to say goodbye world on April 8, 2014.

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  1. Good move by them

  2. Better to upgrade to Windows 8 than 7 if you’re going to upgrade. It’s about time Government agencies got up to date, the security will be fine.

  3. Good to know gov’t agencies are sticking with Microsoft. It’s not surprising given its advantages over apple, but it’s obviously good they’re staying with windows. It’s good for the brand of Windows, no doubt.

  4. How does this work? Do the Gov’t agencies pay for the OS or does Micorsoft offer it as a sponsorship sort of deal?

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