Windows XP went away a little while ago, never to be seen again. Except by those folks who flat refuse to upgrade (but then they’re using an unsupported OS) or those who are willing to pay a little more to keep using it. Folks like… the US Navy, for example.
Odds are that this new deal has mostly come about because it’s the US Navy asking for it but Microsoft has agreed to continue supporting Windows XP for the military group. For a price, of course, but it’s not an expensive one, all things considered. The US Navy and Microsoft have signed a contract for $9.1 million for continued support of Windows XP, as well as Office and Server 2003.
This is just a temporary measure though. The Navy has plans to upgrade all of their systems but since there are 100 000 computers in the Navy’s possession that need to be upgraded, many on board ships, it’s going to take a while. And they’d rather not be exposed while the upgrade process is taking place. Hence the contract with Microsoft.
The United States Army also have a contract in place with Microsoft for extra support, though they have far fewer machines to sort out – just 8000 or so.
Source: Digital Trends