It’s been a while since Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, but this doesn’t stop some organizations from using the outdated operating system. Back in 2017, we reported that London’s Metropolitan Police was using Windows XP on no less than 18,000 PCs. After almost 6 months, the Metropolitan Police is finally in a hurry to upgrade to Windows 10 operating system.
London’s Metropolitan local police officers are still running Windows XP on 18,000 out of the 32,000 computers, with only dozens of PCs running Windows 10. A while ago mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed their plans to upgrade to supported Windows are already underway.
“The Met is working towards upgrading its software, but in its current state it’s like a fish swimming in a pool of sharks. It is vital the Met is given the resources to step up its upgrade timeline before we see another cyber-attack with nationwide security implications,” Mayor said last year.
In 2017, the deadline was not very clear, however recently the organization confirmed that they will be ditching Windows XP by May of this year. Angus McCallum, chief information officer of the Me says that all 50,000 computers will be upgraded to Windows 10 operating system. “The rollout will finish around the April-May time”, McCallum said.
“To give you an idea of the speed of the rollout, last week we rolled out 1,687 tablets,” McCallum added.
The police are planning on going forward with their plans to complete the transition to newer Windows 10, and that’s pretty good. It’s likely that the police’s decision to upgrade to the newer operating system will avoid attacks like WannaCry and Petya. Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest and best operating system, and Windows 10 is undoubtedly the most secure operating system.