IRS to Spend $30 Million on Upgrades and Post-Retirement XP Patches

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NavarWynn

LOL It is ironic that the IRS has to pay for this **and be criticized for it** When the idiotic congress is at fault. Nevermind who is actually to blame (ahem, teabaggers, pussy democrats, hypocrite republicans), blame the IRS.

Frankly, they have cut 10,000 jobs over the last 4 years, adding services and capability, and done so for less and less money. (had their budget cut by 100s of millions) If you want to defraud the IRS though, now's the time!

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don2041

Microsoft should sell service packs for XP that way die hard XP users will be happy. and MS will make money. This is How an os should be sold.Anyone who wants metro can have metro. those that don't want it can pass.

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lordfirefox

You know Windows 8.1 is a real stinker when even the IRS won't touch it and opt for Windows 7 instead.

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p47riot

I'm at IT project manager for (Name of state agency withheld) and we JUST approved the project to began planning the statewide migration from XP to Win 7. We too, in fact, are paying MS for custom XP patches until our go-live sometime later this year (likely next year though). Given our history of completing major IT projects on-time, I'm not optimistic.

Chances are, we (along with the IRS) are not the only agencies who have waited until after the last minute to upgrade. These are your tax dollars at work, America! Remember this in November when you're thinking about not voting...

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John Pombrio

Those darn politician computer slackers! But how am I to know which of the candidates will not be a computer slacker? Do you have to take the Maximum PC Geek test to run for office?

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ThomasLG

"...the situation involving Windows will have no impact on taxpayers..."

WHENEVER the government spends thirty cents or $30,000,000, it COMES from the taxpayers. Don't tell me that taking money from my pocket to fund your mistake doesn't impact me. What propaganda!

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misterz100

No what they meant was it had no impact on Taxpayers that do their tax return.

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RubberDucky

I bet they already own Enterprise Licensing for Windows 7.

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vrmlbasic

The IRS "negotiated" a lower rate? Is "negotiate" a euphemism for "coerced"? This is the IRS we're talking about.

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hookem123

"the IRS will pay Microsoft hundreds of millions of dollars to continue receiving out-of-retirement security patches" Um $30 Million is not hundreds of millions.

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Paul_Lilly

Should be "hundreds of thousands" on XP support, and tens of millions overall (XP support and Windows 7 migration). Fixed.

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Mikey109105

Whoever edited this story did a horrible job, because they missed one big glaring mistake, just like you said hookem, and I agree. $30 million is NOT THE SAME THING as "hundreds of millions of dollars." If it were hundreds of millions, it would be in the neighborhood of $200 million and up, not $30 million.

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Shalbatana

Actually the story was written with amazing forethought. By the time it's all over they will have budgeted for $30mil, but will have actually spent hundreds of millions extra on XP. Never underestimate wasteful govt spending. :)

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MAIZE1951

Until I retired last year I used to work for an large retail company that still used Windows 3.1, until ALL IT technicians refused to work on the Windows 3.1 computers unless they were upgraded. It was only after they were refused sevice on Windows 3.1 did they upgrade to Windows 7.

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bpstone

With such a high budget, money is not an excuse. Procrastination perhaps?

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misterz100

"If it anit broke don't fix it" as the old people say no?

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Ghost XFX

When you have idiots in control, these kinds of things happen.

So instead of upgrading properly, they'll rather go with patches that will simply kick the damn can down the road, forcing taxpayers to do it all over again, when the OS craps out.

Taxpayers should be able to sue the Government for stuff like this. Audit the feds!!!!!

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Shalbatana

Our tax dollars at waste....ahem....work.

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azzazin5577

I think they could just wait till windows 9 and see if thats any good since windows 7 will be supported until 2018 if Microsoft continues 10 year cycle. Maybe just maybe microsoft will realize windows 8 as a failure and make the best OS in 2015.

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misterz100

XP was supported for 15 years.
Also they are going to windows 7 not 8.
8 Isn't even viable for businesses really.