One would expect a former KGB officer to use the latest and greatest when it comes to computer security. Evidently, Vladimir Putin disagrees, as he is still relying on Windows XP, according to The Guardian.
According to the story, “Putin, 67, appears to have the obsolete Microsoft Windows XP operating system installed on computers in his office at the Kremlin and at his official Novo-Ogaryovo residence near Moscow, according to images released by his press service.”
Evidently, the opposition-friendly, Russian news site Open Media reported “that Mikhail Klimaryov, the head of Russia’s independent Internet Protection Society, had confirmed that Putin’s computers were running Windows XP in the photographs.”
Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP, as well as Office 2003, in April 2014. Despite the availability of newer versions of Windows, the Russian government has been trying to phase out Microsoft and Google software in favor of its own Linux distribution. As a result, government regulation is likely behind Putin’s archaic operating system choice.
On the bright side, at least he’s not subjected to ads in his Windows applications. In other news, the CIA is dusting off its archive of Windows XP exploits.