Reports show President Putin still uses Windows XP despite hacking risk
Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS): Russian president Vladimir Putin still uses the Windows XP, according to a Kremlin press statement.The president still uses the operating system on his official computers despite hacking risk, the statement says.
The photos showed Putin's computer running Windows XP, an operating system that Microsoft stopped updating in 2014, was reported by the Open Media news website after examining photographs of his desktop.
Windows XP is installed both on Putin's desktop in the Kremlin and at his official residence Novo-Ogaryovo west of Moscow. It appears that the Russian government regulations have prevented Putin from updating to the more recent Microsoft 10.
As per the report, Windows XP was certified for use in the Russian government by the country's Service for Technical and Export Control and the latest Windows 10 system is only approved for computers which do not contain state secrets.
The Russian government was reportedly planning to switch to the Russian Astra Linux OS, but that plan was postponed because the software was not ready, therefore Windows XP remains in the work.
Recently, Russia banned the sale of smartphones without Russian-made software and apps starting July 2020.
*Edited from an IANS report