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The cost of ditching Windows XP? More than $12,000 per person

Sticking with Windows XP can be expensive but it seems leaving the 14-year-old OS can cost even more, as one German city is finding out.

Ditching Windows XP and 2000 will cost Munich City Council more than $12,000 for every employee still using the outdated operating systems.

Windows XP and 2000 are used by fewer than 1,500 of the more than 16,000 staff at the council, which relies on the aged Microsoft systems to run 41 applications.

However, still using Windows XP and 2000 creates difficulties for Munich, as neither OS is updated to fix bugs that could be exploited by hackers and the council has to take special measures to secure them.

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