DOT bans Vista, Office 2007, IE 7 upgrades, at least for now

The U.S. Department of Transportation has quietly put the kibosh on Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Internet Explorer 7 (IE7), banning upgrades to those Microsoft Corp. products -- at least for now. Donna Seymour, CIO of the DOT's Maritime Administration (MARAD), said a July move of the agency's Washington headquarters is to blame for the reluctance to deploy Microsoft's new software. "It has less to do with technical concerns about Microsoft and more to do with the fact that with our July move, our plates are totally full and we can't take another thing on right now," she said in an interview today after a speech at the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders conference in Palm Desert, Calif.

MARAD has already begun testing Vista and IE 7, according to Seymour. That testing, however, may take time because MARAD relies extensively on old, custom applications that will require long evaluation on Vista. She has not yet set an upgrade timetable, but if or when she does, Seymour said, she can add Vista and Office without spending additional money; MARAD has a Software Assurance contract with Microsoft. Even if her department doesn't widely deploy Vista and Office 2007 until early 2009, "we would be middle of the pack among private corporations and somewhat ahead of most government agencies," Seymour claimed.

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Don't know what all the noise is about, in an organization this big it's known as a controlled rollout.

They want to kind of make sure all the device drivers are working, the first service pack fixes all the major OS headaches, all the Microsoft Dependent internal apps that were married to IE 6 won't fall on their face under IE 7, and that with the major interface change in Office 2007, work can actually be done instead of everyone flailing around in confusion for a month or so. So what if it is a year or two, we're about that much out as our last upgrade must last for at least six years to get any return on investment.

Whatever!

Who cares what some random American organization is doing?
Everyday someone makes a call of when and where to roll out different OS's and any number of other projects.
I feel cheated that I even read this "news".

The U.S. Department of Transportation

Yup, some random organization. Clearly nothing to do with the government.

And if people aren't complaining about how Neowin doesn't have enough news, they're complaining that "this isn't news".

simon360 said,
The U.S. Department of Transportation
Yup, some random organization. Clearly nothing to do with the government.

Who cares it is government? I assumed government due to my own public transport system. I wish Neowin posted that the Australian department of book keeping isn't running Vista yet. It would be such a great read.

Perhaps this will show the DOT the advantages of using open standards for development. They should also demand their vendors due the same. Then it would not matter, IE, Firefox, OSX, Windows, Linux... it would not matter.

betasp said,
Perhaps this will show the DOT the advantages of using open standards for development. They should also demand their vendors due the same. Then it would not matter, IE, Firefox, OSX, Windows, Linux... it would not matter.

again, READ THE ARTICLE. This has to do with IT rollouts, not vista or IT. They would do the same if they were standardized on linux and a new client image became available.

I've been trying to get the IT dept. at work to upgrade my computer to XP SP2. At this rate, it will 4 years before we move to Vista.

What's with all these articles? Half of them go about how well Vista can do just about everything from playing your music to cooking your food, and the other half seem to do nothing but trash the whole thing for reasons that even a Linux/OSX zealot wouldn't use.

Yeah I have to agree that 'not upgading' and 'banning' are pretty disparate terms... any organization is going to wait to upgrade to ANY new OS, whether it's a minor revision of Tiger or a major revision of Windows XP.

Computeworld somehow skewed DOT's "delay" into an outright "banning". Most corporations just took on XP SP2 over the last few months, and those changes are much less drastic.

-d

"we would be middle of the pack among private corporations and somewhat ahead of most government agencies," Seymour claimed.

That's very true for Australia as well. We usually wait 3 years after release for any major upgrades.