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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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