Hesse's state administration responded to changes in support conditions at Microsoft in good time, thereby avoiding massive costs for software updates for the Windows operating system. All 71,000 IT jobs of the state administration are up to date with the currently installed operating system and the regularly automated standard updates, said a spokesman for the Hessian center for data processing of the German press agency in Wiesbaden.
With the introduction to the "HessenPC 3.0" in 2016, the switch to Windows 10 had begun and was completed in January of this year. Therefore, there were no additional costs for security updates, the spokesman said. It concerns the IT jobs of the entire state government as well as the tax offices and police stations in Hesse.
The federal government and NRW pay for updates
Since Microsoft has no longer supported the Windows 7 PC operating system free of charge since mid-January, both the federal government and the state government in North Rhine-Westphalia have incurred high costs. Following a response from the federal government to a request from the Greens in the Bundestag, 800,000 euros are required for the updates to continue using the Windows operating system. The government is therefore expecting costs of several thousand euros in the next two years due to the old operating system.
According to the Ministry of Finance in Düsseldorf, the state government in North Rhine-Westphalia has to spend almost 1.3 million euros for security updates because Windows 7 is still used in all departments except the State Chancellery. Baden-Württemberg also joins the federal states that pay Microsoft for extended Windows 7 support.
. (tagsToTranslate) HessenPC 3.0 (t) Windows (t) Windows 10 (t) Windows 7