Maine has committed to spending more than $1 million on new software in light of Microsoft’s announcement that it will end support for Windows 7 in 2020.
The state has an established practice of replacing computers that are more than five years old. The problem facing the government is that after January 14, 2020 support for Windows 7 will come to an end, eliminating technical support, software updates, and security updates. The security patches are a crucial part of the operating system, forcing the state to upgrade 10,000 computers within the upcoming year.
Operational efficiency and security from ransomware attacks are the prime motivations for the move.
Summarized from GovTech.com