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XP phase-out a problem for schools

Schools find that many operating systems will be outdated after the XP support expiration

xp-deadlineIn less than a week, Microsoft Corp. will end support and updates for the 12-year-old Windows XP, and some state education systems are struggling with how to move forward.

If a recent survey by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is any indication, this means the operating system of choice for more than half the schools in the state will become outdated.

Dennis Small, OSPI educational technology director, said last summer the office took a survey of schools in the state and determined more than 50 percent of districts still used Windows XP on their instructional computers.

Though this is similar to national trends, he said, it is still worrisome considering schools will no longer have up-to-date software.

(Next page: How one district handled its XP migration)

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  1. darkwyrm

    April 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

    There is an alternative to spending a lot of money to upgrade XP machines or living with the ever-increasing security risk that XP is now: Linux. I have been upgrading the old machines at my school with Linux Mint and the students just keep on doing what they were before, administration is actually easier, and the school doesn’t need as many antivirus renewals to boot.