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South Korea Unveils a Windows XP... Task Force

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Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows XP. It's being phased out worldwide. In China, folks are hanging on. In nearby South Korea, the government has set up a special task force.

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As reported by NewsY (via tipster Sang), South Korea's Ministry of Security and Public Administration just set up a "Windows XP Response Total Situation Room."

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There's even a nifty sign. And a cheesy photo op.

According to NewsY, fifteen percent of all the country's computers (that's seven million!) are still running Windows XP, while twenty percent of all government-owned PCs are still using the operating system.

What's more, 94 percent of all ATMs in the country are running XP. Cost is what's hindering the migration to a newer Windows operating system, NewsY adds.

Since Microsoft is no longer supporting the OS, computers running it are vulnerable to all kinds of new viruses and spyware that could cause huge headaches.

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But fret not! The country's XP task force is on the case and wearing sweet matching jackets.

윈도XP 지원 내일 종료…정부 종합상황실 설치 [YNews Thanks, Sang!]

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DISCUSSION

So... what are they supposed to do, exactly? Are they some kind of IT crew who will troubleshoot problems with XP-powered government machines? Are they gonna update XP themselves to fix bugs and ensure software compatibility? Are they overseeing some kind of major upgrade initiative?