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Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Cymbal Man Freq., Jan 12, 2007.

  1. British agency tells schools to avoid Vista
    By Richard Thurston, ZDNet (UK)
    Published on ZDNet January 11, 2007, 8:12 AM PT

    The British government's schools computer agency has warned that deploying Vista
    carries too much risk and that its benefits are unclear.

    The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency said Wednesday that
    it "strongly recommends" schools do not deploy Microsoft's latest operating
    system within the next 12 months.

    In a further dig at Microsoft, the agency asserts that there are no "must-have"
    features in Vista and that "technical, financial and organizational challenges
    associated with early deployment currently make this (Vista) a high-risk
    strategy."

    Tom McMullan, a technical consultant at the agency, told ZDNet UK: "There is not
    a case for schools to deploy it unless it is mission-critical stable." Speaking
    at this week's BETT education trade show in London, McMullan added: "There are
    lots of incremental improvements, but there are no must-haves that justify early
    deployment."

    The agency was similarly dismissive of Office 2007, which is being launched
    alongside Vista. Although it acknowledged that there are many new features in
    Office 2007, the agency said most of these were only useful in the private
    sector.

    Microsoft waved aside such caution.

    Steve Beswick, Microsoft's director of education for the U.K., told ZDNet UK:
    "Customers should evaluate Vista and test it and decide 'Is this good for
    learning?' Roll-out shouldn't be stopped if it aids learning."

    Earlier this month, the government agency renewed its Memorandum of
    Understanding with Microsoft for another year. It gives schools discounts of 20
    percent to 37 percent on the company's software products.

    Richard Thurston of ZDNet UK reported from London.
     
    Cymbal Man Freq., Jan 12, 2007
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  2. Cymbal Man Freq.

    ChrisM Guest

    In message ,
    Seems like good advice to me... (IMO)It's never a great idea to do a large
    scale roll-out of a new OS for at least 3-6 months after its release, to
    have some chance of the initial bugs being sorted out. Can't think of any
    real advantages to be gained in a school environment by using Vista straight
    away. Better to leave it 12 months, then re-assess the pros and cons of
    upgrading...
     
    ChrisM, Jan 12, 2007
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  3. Cymbal Man Freq.

    FireWall2 Guest

    Chris,

    It all depends on one’s knowledge of Vista for making purchase decisions.

    Currently, more large business’ and corporations are purchasing and
    installing Vista, while some small business’ remain in the thinking stage
    likely the results of not receiving an education regarding Vista and Vista’s
    inherent ultimate Security.

    Difficult for making intelligent decisions absent facts and knowledge.
     
    FireWall2, Jan 12, 2007
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