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Windows XP support ends tomorrow … unless you cough up millions

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Just one day away from cutting off Windows XP support for enterprise users, Microsoft is making exceptions. Big exceptions. Microsoft warned us about its plans to phase out Windows XP for years, but some organizations just won’t let go, including the U.K. government.

The U.K. is paying more than $9.1 million (£5.5 million) to extend Microsoft’s XP support, the Guardian reports. That extension will reportedly last for just a year. Following the new deadline, the U.K. will be forced to embrace software that’s not over a decade old.

The Netherlands has made a similar deal with Microsoft and reportedly signed a “multimillion-euro” deal to keep support for approximately 40,000 PCs. Microsoft reportedly secured a similar deal with China, but later denied such an agreement.

This news follows Microsoft’s plan to continue releasing updates for Windows XP security products through July 2015. Microsoft also plans to cut off support for Office 2003 tomorrow.

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