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Windows Vista: A tree falls in the forest

By now you've probably heard (once again) that Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system won't ship on time.

A couple of thoughts on this:

First, the latest news doesn't really impact government agencies. Only the consumer versions of Vista were delayed. We received an e-mail from a Microsoft Public Sector spokesman that read, "There is no impact on our customers. The timeframe for delivery to enterprises has remained consistent, which is availability starting in November of 2006."

Second, government CIOs apparently don't care--yet. Vista simply isn't on their radars right now.

Earlier this year GCN.com polled readers and asked them when they planned on rolling out the new operating system. Only 4 percent said they'd start on the project this year; 25 percent said 2007; 20 percent said 2008; and 13 percent said beyond 2008. (A whopping 35 percent said they didn't know.)

At the time we did our official poll, we also took an unofficial, not-for-attribution sampling of government CIOs. We asked what their plans were for Vista this year. One said succinctly, "Ignore." Another said (presciently?), "You are assuming MS actually releases a new OS?"

Which isn't to say agencies aren't at all interested in Vista. Only 3 percent of the GCN.com readers we polled said they would never deploy the OS.

One CIO wrote to say, "Vista has many attractive features...centered on deployment," but that Microsoft's track record of product delays prompts "skepticism" among CIOs over when they may actually deploy the software. "I think it will be 2007 before we get to it in earnest," the CIO said. "This observation I think applies to the entire cabinet level agencies."

We'll keep following the Coming of Vista. In the meantime, use the "Comments" link below to let us know your thoughts and plans for Microsoft's next-generation OS.

Posted by Brad Grimes

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on Mar 23, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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