ATF pushes Vista upgrades back to 2010

By Justin Mann on August 31, 2007, 8:27 PM
Despite Microsoft's claims of Vista being bigger, better, faster and stronger, they are finding many high-profile organizations unwilling to adopt the new OS. In the U.S., the ATF has opted to forgo upgrading to Vista for a minimum of three more years. As a fairly large Bureau, they represent a substantial amount of existing licenses.

What's worse for Microsoft is that they may be setting an example for other government organizations. Some of the reasons cited are very common ones that can affect large departments and their willingness to upgrade:

The decision not to go with Windows Vista was made for a number of reasons, according to Bailey. Probably the most important one, he said, is the ATF doesn't have enough time between now and January to verify that all of its systems will run effectively on the new operating system.
When you have literally thousands of machines, getting sold on a new OS is tough. As it brings out, MS faced a similar setback with Vista in another U.S. government department, the Department of Transportation, who warned against upgrading to Vista due to compatibility issues.

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Nirkon said:
Thats why, when you make an operating system that you want to sell to the government and other organizations, you have to make sure it supports older software, but... what did you really expect from microsoft?They pulled vista out of their a** and they expect everyone to magically get it.
miyu said:
An average user such as myself has problems with security on Vista. Think of all the problems that a security breach in the government which was caused by Vista. I doubt that Microsoft will learn from their mistakes.
eddie_42 said:
Good choice by the ATF. The drivers and software are at best betas for Vista. I big company like that needs a bit more. Fully agree with both of the above posts, especially the security.
ravisunny2 said:
Not really a blow for MS. It was as expected.
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