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Vista, IE7, Office 2007 banned by US Department of Transportation

Upgrades are futile
Tue Mar 06 2007, 09:10
THE US DEPARTMENT of Transportation has told its workers not to upgrade to Vista, IE7 or Office 2007.

According to Information Week, the DOT's CIO Daniel Mintz has placed "an indefinite moratorium" on the upgrades as "there appears to be no compelling technical or business case for upgrading".

He added that there were good reasons not to upgrade including problems of cost and compatibility.

Apparently DOT is thinking about bringing in Novell's Suse Linux and, for a limited group of users, Apple's Macintosh hardware. One of the main problems is that a lot of DOT's software will not work on Vista.

While it is possible that the Department could move to Vista in the future, it would have to be if all DOTs concerns were met, Mintz said. Apparently DOT has more confidence in Microsoft than it had 10 years ago, it just will not be using it. It is currently using Windows XP. µ


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