Australian government spends millions on Windows 7 security updates

The Australian government will pay nearly $9 million for a custom Windows 7 security patch, as many of the australian government’s departments are still running the operating system. Microsoft previously stopped supporting the operating system on January 14.

Of this amount, the Australian Department of Defence and the Australian Taxation Office will spend $609,6044 and $979,080 respectively to ensure that windows 7 devices can get customized security patches at least until January 2021. Back in December, the Australian Taxation Office paid an additional $1582,955 for an extended security update for Windows Server 2008. Microsoft also stopped supporting Windows Server 2008 on January 14.

The two organizations hope to migrate to Windows 10 in the coming months, when they have not ruled out further expansion to Microsoft’s custom security patch. In other words, if the migration to Windows 10 is not completeby by January 2020, the government may extend Microsoft’s agreement to customize the security patch by one year.

After Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7, the price of Windows Custom Security Updates doubled every year, so after the Windows 7 operating system was phased out, it became more and more expensive to keep your device safe over time. The Australian Department of Defence completed the migration of more than 100,000 p.m. computers from Windows XP to Windows 10 by 2019. Microsoft stopped releasing a security update to Windows XP in April 2014.

Windows 7 currently has a market share of about 25%, with one in four PCs running Windows 7 worldwide. As more organizations and businesses around the world complete the transition to Windows 10, Windows 7 market share is likely to decline significantly in the coming months.

Australian government spends millions on Windows 7 security updates