While consumers may be interested in making the
upgrade to Windows
Vista, Office 2007
and Internet Explorer
7.0, the federal Depart of Transportation (DOT) wants no part of
Microsoft's latest software applications. According
to an internal memo, "an indefinite moratorium" has been placed
on performing this software upgrades to DOT computers.
The DOT currently operates roughly 15,000 computers running
Windows XP Professional. The machines run a variety of programs including (but
not limited to) Aspen 2.8.1, Capri 6.5, ISS 2.11 and ProVu 3.1.1. All four
applications are known to have compatibility problems with Windows Vista.
"There appears to be no compelling technical or
business case for upgrading to these new Microsoft software products.
Furthermore, there appears to be specific reasons not to upgrade," said
DOT chief technology officer Daniel Mintz. "Microsoft Vista, Office 2007,
and Internet Explorer  may be acquired for testing purposes only, though
only on approval by the DOT chief information officer."
The internal memo notes that the Federal Aviation
Administration's 45,000 desktop computers will also be banned from making the
upgrade to the latest versions of Microsoft software applications.
The DOT internal memo also notes that DOT is also open to
looking at alternatives to Microsoft operating systems including Suse Linux and
"We have more confidence in Microsoft than we would
have 10 years ago," said DOT chief technology officer Tim Schmidt.
"But it always makes sense to look at the security implications, the value
back to the customer, and those kind of issues.”
quote: Worst part is I can't even install XP because they intentionally didn't make XP drivers for half the hardware in my laptop.
quote: ...a complementing server OS isn't out yet...
quote: But you have to realize that many device manufacturers and application publishers wait to update their software until Vista is officially released.
quote: So you dont think adding in those cut out features will break other areas of code or add in new problems with any other applications that can be run on Vista?
quote: Sales should indicate that no one feels its ready for prime time or needed.
quote: The bug count on Vista is lower than XP quite possibly because there are fewer people adopting Vista because of the lack of driver support for thier existing devices.
quote: I will agree the OS is stable but the applications on the OS are far from being ready for any coporate environment. What good is an OS with applications that arent ready?
quote: While consumers may be quiet interesting in making the upgrade to Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Internet Explorer 7.0,
quote: The machines run a variety of programs including (but not limited to) Aspen 2.8.1, Capri 6.5, ISS 2.11 and ProVu 3.1.1. All four applications are known to have compatibility problems with Windows Vista.
quote: Your argument is silly. If everyone followed that, there would be zero progress in general, and we'd all be running some ancient OS version.
quote: Your argument is silly. If everyone followed that, there would be zero progress in general, and we'd all be running some ancient OS version.There are benefits to upgrading (even to Vista), however there are also costs and risks associated. This is the same as all previous OS releases, and it takes time for people to appreciate the value of the new version.All the criticism that we currently hear about Vista is the same as we heard about Windows XP around 5 years ago. History is just repeating itself.
quote: The DOT has nothing to do with the European Union.
quote: For the DOT Same thing, if those apps dont work, then they are poorly written. MEaning written for xp and xp only?
quote: Windows XP still has some life in it.