Better security means lower TCO for Win 2003

Wednesday, 28 January 2004, 12:51 PM EST

Windows NT and 2000 customers should move to Win 2003 as soon as possible to take advantage of lower support costs, according to Microsoft.

Stuart Okin, Chief Security Officer at Microsoft UK, said that the cost of supporting earlier Microsoft platforms has gone up because of the expense in applying security updates.

But if customers invest to modernise their systems and move on XP and Windows Server 2003 then their support costs will eventually fall to a level lower than they ever had with earlier versions of Windows, according to Okin.

"If we can persuade people to move over the hump then they will enjoy lower support costs eventually. Along with this they'll move to an OS with a fundamentally different, more modern architecture that's more built for Web services," he told The Register.

By John Leyden at The Register.

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