The US Army has announced that it will upgrade all of its computers to Windows Vista, as it offers to “bolster Internet security and standardize its information systems”, and will include a change from Office 2003 to Office 2007. All of this is expected to be finished by the end of this year, according to a press release.
Around half of the computers have already upgraded to Office 2007, but only 13 percent have upgraded to the Windows XP successor, panned by critics for being too incompatible with older software and for its high price, mainly because of support. Despite these critics, many have accepted that Windows Vista has an advantage over XP in security, after years and years of fixing flaws – except for that one where Conficker exploited.
The Army will be offering training sessions to educate its personnel, but the learning curve is expected to be not that steep since many should have used it before.
And while it may sound a bit silly that it has only taken two years to decide to upgrade, it has been noted that the Army has been testing the operating system to make sure that all of its legacy software will still work in Vista – as the Army cannot let any of its software be offline because of some incompatibility issue.
The only problem is that Windows 7, Vista’s successor, is slated to be released in 2010 – so does the Army plan to upgrade all of its computers by then, or wait until 2 years to test out its systems, despite the fact that most of the architecture of Windows 7 is from Windows Vista,