The Internal Revenue Service has arranged to pay Microsoft extra money to continue to support its old Windows XP computers beyond the cutoff date that Microsoft has imposed for supporting the old operating system.

Microsoft ended support for the operating system last week, sending out the final set of security patches for XP users. However, due to budget cuts, the IRS has not yet been able to upgrade approximately 58,000 of its 110,000 Windows desktop and laptop computers to Windows 7. The agency told the technology publication Computerworld last week that it will be paying Microsoft less than $500,000 for continued support after the official phase-out as part of a $30 million migration to Windows 7.

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