Dutch government to pay millions of euros to Microsoft for extended Windows XP support

Following in the footsteps of the UK government, the Netherlands is also reportedly spending a lot of their taxpayer money to Microsoft so it can continue to support its many government PCs that are still running the 12 year old Windows XP operating system.

Webwereld.nl reports that the deal will result in Microsoft getting millions of euros from the government, but a specific number was not mentioned. The agreement will cover between 34,000 and 40,000 PCs that have XP installed from now until early January. Microsoft will release the last updates and security patches for the OS on Tuesday to the general public. One of the parts of the agreement with Microsoft is that the PCs used by the government must be updated to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Two of the five local councils in The Netherlands are also still using Windows XP on their PCs, but this new government deal does not cover any additional support for those local regions.

As we have previously reported, Windows XP is still being used by over a quarter of the world's PCs. Although a large number of them are believed to be in China, XP is still the second most used PC OS in a majority of countries around the world.

Source: Webwereld.nl | Image via Microsoft

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n_K said,
I thought the Dutch moved to open source linux and open office?

You're probably thinking about Munich (München), which isn't a Dutch city.

Was the "spending a lot of their taxpayer money" reference absolutely necessary? It's not technology related but purely a political reference that not everyone is interested in reading.

I'd say the reference is valid as this is simply burning tax payers money because they were too lazy in the last X years to upgrade their OS...

Without reference to how much of their annual budget goes to IT expenses, or how much a percentage of that this is, it's speculation at best.

UPGRADE YOUR #### ALREADY!

There was a awesome deal for consumers to upgrade to windows 8 for months. I bet Corporates had same or better deal than us but decided to wait on it. Time to move on and let their technicians tell the company to upgrade their ####!

DrOmango said,
I bet Corporates had same or better deal than us but decided to wait on it.
I bet those with a large number of systems can still negotiate a great deal with Microsoft.

Im pretty sure these corporate updates will leak, and soon people will start integrating and make them available for download. "Windows XP SP3 Integrated May 2014 UK Edition" LOL

glvalentin said,
Im pretty sure these corporate updates will leak, and soon people will start integrating and make them available for download. "Windows XP SP3 Integrated May 2014 UK Edition" LOL

Those are specific updates. Applying them to a wider audience would break machines.

It is still probably cheaper than upgrading all those computers with obscure jobs that require old DOS programs and dongles which companies charge crazy amounts of money to upgrade with no advantages.

haha, well most of the dutch government its branches are on Windows 7 already though.
They started the migration about 2-3 years ago. Not sure why they still have a few departments on XP (considering the numbers its just a few departments)

Everyone has had plenty of time to move. Or at least have a plan to move x amount of months after end of support. I wonder how many have no plan at all, and are just starting to think about it now?

Not everyone has the money to move over. Many people I know just don't have the money to pay certain bills each month let alone a whole new computer or operating system but they shouldn't be counted out as those that may still need some support. Microsoft failed to see the economic down turn happen back in 2008 when they planned a support stop for XP. It is this reason I feel they should extend it another 2 years till the economy (us economy at least) has fully recovered.

sava700 said,
It is this reason I feel they should extend it another 2 years till the economy (us economy at least) has fully recovered.

And if many people than still don't have money, how about extending XP another 10 years? It's not like MS hasn't offered support for XP longer than any other OS manufacturer has… (Linux LTS pales in comparison to this!)

The line has to be drawn in the sand as some point. Windows XP had a good run, but its time to move on.

Why not keep Windows 2000 going as well? Thats a great OS!

MFH said,

And if many people than still don't have money, how about extending XP another 10 years? It's not like MS hasn't offered support for XP longer than any other OS manufacturer has… (Linux LTS pales in comparison to this!)

Nobody said anything about extending it more, the only reason I posted was so people understand that not everyone can just go out and buy a new computer with a new OS on it right now. I have clients TODAY calling me asking me if their computer will stop working cause of all the news postings. Prime example of how people are just now starting to get educated on some things, many people still don't know what the internet is so that will take time to phase out also.

Well it's not like MS hasn't said for 7 years now that the support wont be extended - futhermore there is a perfectly usable (so they say), free OS as alternative to XP...

sava700 said,
Not everyone has the money to move over. Many people I know just don't have the money to pay certain bills each month let alone a whole new computer or operating system but they shouldn't be counted out as those that may still need some support. Microsoft failed to see the economic down turn happen back in 2008 when they planned a support stop for XP. It is this reason I feel they should extend it another 2 years till the economy (us economy at least) has fully recovered.

The article is about the Dutch government, which is now wasting tax payer money when they could and should have moved to more recent versions of Windows years ago.

And it is not like there aren't ample ways of running incompatible legacy apps elsewhere then on their users desktops..

Specially that the EU a few years back got millions from Microsoft now it is the other way around, rofl Way to go Microsoft keep it up. Make them pay :)

exotoxic said,
In another 10 years the exact same thing will be happening again.
Doubt that this will happen with Windows 8, as to the latest rumors, Windows 9 will be a free update for all Windows 8 users. So, no, it won't.

Studio384 said,
Doubt that this will happen with Windows 8, as to the latest rumors, Windows 9 will be a free update for all Windows 8 users. So, no, it won't.

Where have you seen that Windows 9 will be free? Windows 9 has yet to even be announced.

Dot Matrix said,

Where have you seen that Windows 9 will be free? Windows 9 has yet to even be announced.

At Build, Microsoft said that the MiniStart and windowed Metro apps will be part of the next iteration of Windows wich is a free update Windows 8.1. Through, both features are said to be part of Threshold and next iteration is very likely the next big version of Windows (might be 8.2 or 8.5 as well), otherwise, they probably would have said "update to Windows" instead of "iteratio of Windows".

Studio384 said,
At Build, Microsoft said that the MiniStart and windowed Metro apps will be part of the next iteration of Windows wich is a free update Windows 8.1. Through, both features are said to be part of Threshold and next iteration is very likely the next big version of Windows (might be 8.2 or 8.5 as well), otherwise, they probably would have said "update to Windows" instead of "iteratio of Windows".

That's still somewhat far-fetched to state "Windows 9 will be a free update".

Studio384 said,
Doubt that this will happen with Windows 8, as to the latest rumors, Windows 9 will be a free update for all Windows 8 users. So, no, it won't.

NOPE... lol you just took "next iteration" out of context and made it a major build number (9.0) and said it would be free.. lulz...

Studio384 said,
Doubt that this will happen with Windows 8, as to the latest rumors, Windows 9 will be a free update for all Windows 8 users. So, no, it won't.
He's referring to Windows 7 and he is totally correct about that. Unless Microsoft can hit a "home run" on their next release.

JHBrown said,
He's referring to Windows 7 and he is totally correct about that. Unless Microsoft can hit a "home run" on their next release.

Haven't you heard their marketing department? "Windows 9, it'll be fine."

Studio384 said,
At Build, Microsoft said that the MiniStart and windowed Metro apps will be part of the next iteration of Windows wich is a free update Windows 8.1. Through, both features are said to be part of Threshold and next iteration is very likely the next big version of Windows (might be 8.2 or 8.5 as well), otherwise, they probably would have said "update to Windows" instead of "iteratio of Windows".

As far as I know (I did watch Myerson's keynote) he merely said windowed WinRT apps and the start menu would be made available as a free update to Windows 8.1.

He did not claim at any time that this update would be Windows 9. He also claimed they would arrive sometime this year. Windows 9 or Treshold was rumored to hit somewhere in 2015.

Studio384 said,
At Build, Microsoft said that the MiniStart and windowed Metro apps will be part of the next iteration of Windows wich is a free update Windows 8.1. Through, both features are said to be part of Threshold and next iteration is very likely the next big version of Windows (might be 8.2 or 8.5 as well), otherwise, they probably would have said "update to Windows" instead of "iteratio of Windows".

This is an update, which would be considered 8.1 or even 8.1 update 2. This doesn't at all outline that Windows 9 will be free.

linux netbooks never really took off, and vista/7 didn't run well on the super weak hardware. And if netbooks did have win7 it was often the crappy 'starter' edition.

a lot of them could run at least Win 7 Home Premium though pretty well, most netbooks had either the intel atom 1.6ghz with Hyperthreading, or the AMD C-60 APU 1.0ghz dual core, the only thing really limiting them is the fact most of those only came with 1GB of RAM