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Initially, an upgrade of the desktop platform to Microsoft Windows XP was required to exploit its advanced features and the new business applications designed for the latest Internet Explorer. However, changing the desktop hardware at the same time as introducing a new operating system was considered too disruptive for users. Fujitsu instead upgraded the 5,500 existing PCs to Windows XP, updated all of the applications and migrated 4,000 internal databases to Access 2002. While this work was underway, Fujitsu ensured that all users could continue to use any workstation on the estate whether it had been upgraded or not.