Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (321)

Alan Kelly

Question:

321. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department will not be forced to pay additional premium payments to a company (details supplied) once support for an operating system expires in January 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44730/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

It is not envisaged that my Department will pay additional premium payments to Microsoft after the Windows 7 Operating System goes out of support, as it is intended that the operating system on the ICT Shared Service will be upgraded in advance of this.

In the event that a small number of devices have not been upgraded by then, the situation will be reviewed to ensure that the best available support and security is provided for those devices until they are fully upgraded. If necessary, extended support from Microsoft may be provided, which would be at minimal cost and connected to the existing licensing agreement with the company.