By Sean Lyngaas
The Navy has awarded a $9.1 million contract to Microsoft to support dated products such as Windows XP, which the software firm stopped providing updates for more than a year ago. The award raises the specter of federal agencies grappling with legacy systems and procuring products that the private sector ditched long ago.
“The Navy relies on a number of legacy applications and programs that are reliant on legacy Windows products,” Steven Davis, a spokesman for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which awarded the contract, told IDG News. “Until those applications and programs are modernized or phased out, this continuity of services is required to maintain operational effectiveness.”