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Windows Vista outlook gets cloudy

A blog posting Monday from ZDNet's TechRepublic editor, Jason Hiner, suggesting that IT departments are ignoring Windows Vista, stirred up fresh debate on the future of the Microsoft operating system.

The posting asserted five reasons why Vista had failed. Among them: XP is too entrenched, Vista is too slow, and it broke too much stuff. And it concluded that Microsoft was left with little choice but to leapfrog Vista with a rushed release of Windows 7.

Vista's rollout has had its issues. And Hiner makes some fair points about the underlying problems with Microsoft's approach to releasing new operating systems every few years.

But the assumption that IT departments will simply wait for Microsoft's next operating system isn't likely to hold true'especially in the federal government.

That's in large part because of the massive amount of compelling work that went into preparing the Federal Desktop Core Configuration for Windows XP and Vista, and the fact that FDCC standards are now required for federal PCs.

The Air Force, for instance, which has more than half a million PC users, is already on a path to having all its Windows-based PCs on Air Force networks working with the FDCC version of Vista by the end of next year.

That doesn't mean federal IT departments might not prefer to nurse XP along until Windows 7. Tell us your thoughts either in the comment box below or by sending us an e-mail.

Posted by Wyatt Kash on Oct 07, 2008 at 9:39 AM

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Reader Comments

Sat, Feb 28, 2009 Alan

The learning curve is a minor issue compared to the tech issues. XP to Vista can be performed with an Upgrade-In-Place that migrates all client apps and files to Vista. This is accomplished becuase Vista was built on XP achitecture. XP to Win7 is atoal tech refresh or wipe 7 load.

Fri, Oct 10, 2008 LEE NELSON GA

There is a huge user learning curve from XP to Vista. However, once users overcome that, our experience shows they would never want to go back to XP. Vista is a superior OS in almost every way for both users and administrators. Stop fearing the change and make the move. It time to move on. If you don't, when Win 7 comes along that learning curve will be even larger.

Fri, Oct 10, 2008 Marc Amtower MD

Wyatt - this brings to mind the Monty Python routine where a man is trying to return a dead Icelandic Blue Parrot to the pet shop because it is dead, stiff as a board. The pet shop owner insists, "It's not dead - it's just sleeping!"I'd like to be there when MS tells DOD that Vista is not dead, it's just.....

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