Microsoft has won a contract worth around £5.5m to provide a year’s worth of Windows XP support for the government.
The tender will replace the current contract which ends on 8 April.
According to a Cabinet Office spokesperson, the deal will provide “continuity for all eligible government and public sector organisations while they migrate on to alternative operating systems”.
The deal was signed by Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the new legal entity replacing Government Procurement Service, under efforts to procure as a single customer to improve the process.
The Cabinet Office spokesperson further said that the Microsoft deal was an “excellent example of collaborative purchasing”, and achieves a multi-million pound savings.
“We are delighted that this agreement will deliver projected savings in excess of £20 million against standard pricing in the next 12 months,” said Rob Wilmot, Crown Commercial representative for software.
Only those with “robust” migration plans can use the extended support.
“Plans are already in place for public sector organisations to migrate to other operating systems over the next 12 months. This deal provides vital continuity. It is anticipated that the majority of organisations will have completed upgrades by April 2015,” the Cabinet Office spokesperson concluded.