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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 DeGhost on 5/24/2009 4:33:21 AM , Rating: 3
“Considering that fact and the fact that the average home user could get away with a minimalistic OS that uses under 4 gb of RAM (because email, twitter, etc doesn't consume gigabytes of RAM...), the expansion to 64-bit is a lot less important than some techies (most of whom don't know what they are talking about) would like you to believe.”

By your usage the “average” home user could use 512 ram and a 800mhz p3 with 20 gig of space on hard disk. That might be you?

“SSD (omg those expensive things... yes) support would be far more important to the average user than 64-bit support. The 450$ SSD in my computer has improved boot time more than any other device I own. (my computer is getting towards needing an update... but being a college student working a university [low paying] job, I have to pick and choose...)”

From all the benchmarks and uses for ssd I read over the year. Ssd doesn’t seem to be that great to boot with, its real strength is nonexistent search time for out of order data like a database. It might be better to raid your drives for faster boot. And for budgeting “student”. I don’t see why you need a ssd, raid solution is way cheaper and have comparable speed

“How many true 64-bit processors are on the market now? Lots right? Wrong. Itanium is the ONLY true 64-bit processor. The rest are 80x86-64 processors (or "extended 32-bit" processors). Just as an aside, AMD claims to own that instruction set... I wonder how that will play out in court when/if intel tries to claim AMD is breaking the rules with the x86 instruction set... That's really way beyond the point..”

This makes no sense to me. Actually, x86 is owned by intel and amd made the extended instruction set for 64bit which was so widely popular becuase of backward compatibility that intel adopted. Pulling from my head(might be wrong) all current mainstream processors, except the atom have amd’s x64 instruction set.

“If MS was purely aiming for the consumer market, they would be aiming for things like SSD integration, DirectX 11 (which will be huge in video playback quality and processing), and the like instead of things that enterprise users would need (like 64-bit).”

That again made no sense to me. What are you playing back with that requires ssd(which you seem to think is the end all solution),if your doing raw video editing raid would work better because of thruput vs price(you can probably raid 10 drives for the price of a ssd). And dx11 in this scenario made no sense. Direct x is an api for computer generated graphics. And video processing I would think means encoding, which is more cpu bound then anything else.

“I've always been slow to adopt OSs because most of them are buggy from day 1 (XP hasn't crashed on me in over 1.5 years... no viruses or headaches either). I will probably upgrade to Vista soon (or just wait 3 more years for Win 7 SP2).”
Personal preferences, do whatever you want.

“There is no need for the average consumer to use Vista or any other OS except MS wants to sell copies of it's OS to them so they force you to buy it for things like DX10 (which isn't even required yet...)”
Not true, vista is actually a lot more user friendly then xp. Your “average” consumer is computer illiterate, they just want something that works, since they are average I don’t think they will install a new thing every week, and a popup that ask are you sure is not that annoying to them. Vista is way more secure then xp when you click every link that pops up. And no one is forcing you to buy dx10, just like no one is making you use a computer. But dx 10 is an evolutionary upgrade.
“Eh, that's probably a lot of useless information.”

Well yes it was because all it seems to be is a rant on Microsoft and getting everyone to buy a ssd.

RE: Missing the point
By Veerappan on 5/28/2009 10:14:58 AM , Rating: 2
“If MS was purely aiming for the consumer market, they would be aiming for things like SSD integration, DirectX 11 (which will be huge in video playback quality and processing), and the like instead of things that enterprise users would need (like 64-bit).”

I think he was attempting to imply that the GPU Computing features of DX11 (comparable to OpenCL) would allow developers to write generic DX-based programs to do decoding/re-encoding of video streams on the GPU instead of on the CPU, thereby speeding up the processing.

Other than that, yeah, this guy is seriously misinformed.

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

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