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The Army has decided to upgrade all of its computers, like those shown here (at the NCO Academy's Warrior Leaders Course) to Windows Vista. It says the adoption will increase its security and improve standardization. It also plans to upgrade from Office 2003 to Office 2007. As many soldiers have never used Vista or Office '07, it will be providing special training to bring them up to speed.  (Source: U.S. Army)
Army will upgrade all its computers to Vista by December

For those critics who bill Microsoft's Windows Vista a commercial failure for failing to surpass Windows XP in sales, and inability to capitalize in the netbook market, perhaps they should reserve judgment a bit longer.  Just as Windows 7 hype is reaching full swing in preparation for a October release, the U.S. Army announced that like many large organizations, it will wait on upgrading to Windows 7.  However, unlike some, it is planning a major upgrade -- to Windows Vista.

The U.S. Army currently has 744,000 desktop computers, most of which run Windows XP.  Currently only 13 percent of the computers have upgraded to Windows Vista, according Dr. Army Harding, director of Enterprise Information Technology Services.

It announced in a press release that it will be upgrading all of the remaining systems to Windows Vista by December 31st.  The upgrade was mandated by a Fragmentary Order published Nov. 22, 2008.

In addition to Windows Vista, the Army's version of Microsoft's Office will also be upgraded.  As with Windows, the Army is forgoing the upcoming new version -- Office 2010 -- in favor to an upgrade to Office 2007.  Currently about half of the Army's computers run Office 2003 and half run Office 2007.

The upgrade will affect both classified and unclassified networks.  Only standalone weapons systems (such as those used by nuclear depots) will remain unchanged.  Dr. Harding states, "It's for all desktop computers on the SIPR and NIPRNET."

Army officials cite the need to bolster Internet security and standardize its information systems as key factors in selecting a Windows Vista upgrade.  Likewise, they believe that an upgrade to Office 2007 will bring better document security, and easier interfacing to other programs, despite the steeper learning curve associate with the program (which is partially due to the new interface, according to reviewers).

Sharon Reed, chief of IT at the Soldier Support Institute, says the Army will provide resources to help soldiers learn the ropes of Windows Vista.  She states, "During this process, we are offering several in-house training sessions, helpful quick-tip handouts and free Army online training."

The U.S. Army will perhaps be the largest deployment of Windows Vista in the U.S.  Most large corporations keep quiet about how many Windows Vista systems versus Windows XP systems they've deployed.  However, past surveys and reports indicate that most major businesses have declined to fully adopt Windows Vista.  Likewise, U.S. public schools and other large government organizations have only, at best, partially adopted of Vista.


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RE: Missing the point
By RamarC on 5/23/2009 6:10:40 PM , Rating: 5
most of your argument is no different than the arguments against windows 98 and windows xp. to the casual user, any changes "under the hood" are invisible so they focus on the UI.

but i dare you to try to run modern apps on xp with only 512mb of ram which was typical when xp debuted. i also dare you to attach a 1tb sata drive to xp-rtm. a service pack had to address hard drive size limitations. rather than continue to patch xp, vista/win7 have been rearchitected to handle the increased demands of today's software and exploit the increased functionality of today's hardware.

and as for "true 64bit" you sound like one of the techies who don't know what they're talking about. itanimum has no 32bit support but that doesn't make it the only "true" 64bit processor. intel made a conscious decision not to PROVIDE 32bit support, but it certainly could have. in simple terms, the only true restriction of a processor is that it cannot run software that is "larger" than its memory access. so a 64bit cpu could run 32bit and 16bit code. but a cpu with 16bit memory access will NEVER be able to run 32bit code.


RE: Missing the point
By descendency on 5/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Missing the point
By foolsgambit11 on 5/23/2009 7:03:18 PM , Rating: 3
Nope. Itanium runs the IA-64 instruction set. It's totally different from the x86 instruction set line, which includes x86-64 (commonly referred to as x64). IA-64 was designed to address certain inadequecies in the x86 instruction set that made it less than optimum for certain operations. Those changes made it incompatible with the old x86 instruction set. You're right about many of the details, but not about the names.

I think it makes much more sense for business users to be behind consumers. Certain businesses which perform especially computationally-intensive operations would be an exception, but for the most part, business use is about reliability more than performance. Reliability is less of an issue in the consumer space.


RE: Missing the point
By fsardis on 5/23/2009 7:10:24 PM , Rating: 5
Are you insane or smoking funny stuff today?

The enterprise market should be on the latest OS and the consumers one generation behind? And you expect to be taken seriously?
Simple scenarios to consider:
1- Hey boss, we got a 10GB database holding our financial data but because the drivers for the new OS on the server are not quite ironed out we had a crash and now it is corrupt. We have to restore from backup now....
2- Awww man, this stupid latest OS crashed and I lost my pr0n collection...

Now tell me which one would be more catastrophic. Care to explain to me why the enterprise would want such a high risk? You are asking basically the people who run mission critical system for their company and perhaps for a great number of people on the planet, to be the beta testers while your average Joe will only lose a few GB of pr0n. Good thinking there, please never apply for network design jobs.

As for your 64bit rant, I will leave it at that and only say that a few years back the same was claimed by "experts" such as yourself for 16bit and 32bit. I mean 640KB of RAM should be enough for everyone yes? And nobody can ever fill 20GB of space, can they? And while we are at it, let's all go back to DOS and let the enterprises use features such as the Aero Glass and Widgets because they increase the productivity so greatly in the work environment.

And yes, I have written code and yes, I am working with hardware and software daily and yes, I design networks.


RE: Missing the point
By foolsgambit11 on 5/23/2009 7:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. It's an 'if you build it, they will come' kind of scenario. Give people the resources, and they'll find a good use for it. Yes, I mean 'good', as in, useful, just like the uses found for the expanded capabilities of 32-bit.


RE: Missing the point
By CSMR on 5/24/2009 9:41:08 PM , Rating: 2
Agree with the conclusion but a business upgrading client OSes isn't going to have data loss from any bugs; we're not talking about servers here?


RE: Missing the point
By DeGhost on 5/24/2009 4:45:49 AM , Rating: 1
i do
already running out of space
and i have 3 TB of storage
and what does 64bit instruction have to do with drive size?
enterprise ran into storage size problem long ago and there is an extension to make a bigger address table, i forgot what it is called
today's computer are written with million+ lines of code, object oriented programing and high level language add overhead, if you want lean mean code you could try coding in assembly, i challenge you to write something with a friendly gui for an "average" joe.


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