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British agency tells schools to avoid Vista
By Richard Thurston, ZDNet (UK)
Published on ZDNet January 11, 2007, 8:12 AM PT

The British government's schools computer agency has warned that deploying Vista
carries too much risk and that its benefits are unclear.

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency said Wednesday that
it "strongly recommends" schools do not deploy Microsoft's latest operating
system within the next 12 months.

In a further dig at Microsoft, the agency asserts that there are no "must-have"
features in Vista and that "technical, financial and organizational challenges
associated with early deployment currently make this (Vista) a high-risk

Tom McMullan, a technical consultant at the agency, told ZDNet UK: "There is not
a case for schools to deploy it unless it is mission-critical stable." Speaking
at this week's BETT education trade show in London, McMullan added: "There are
lots of incremental improvements, but there are no must-haves that justify early

The agency was similarly dismissive of Office 2007, which is being launched
alongside Vista. Although it acknowledged that there are many new features in
Office 2007, the agency said most of these were only useful in the private

Microsoft waved aside such caution.

Steve Beswick, Microsoft's director of education for the U.K., told ZDNet UK:
"Customers should evaluate Vista and test it and decide 'Is this good for
learning?' Roll-out shouldn't be stopped if it aids learning."

Earlier this month, the government agency renewed its Memorandum of
Understanding with Microsoft for another year. It gives schools discounts of 20
percent to 37 percent on the company's software products.

Richard Thurston of ZDNet UK reported from London.


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Cyber Man Freq.,

Flagrant example and demonstration for how one individual displays
their lack of knowledge regarding Vista; would be nice if the writer
simply acknowledged they had little hands on experience using Windows

Although, what an excellent example / test for self-generating reader
response. The need for authors having their name openly discussed is
as important to them as the importance for nourishment.

Seems like good advice to me... (IMO)It's never a great idea to do a large
scale roll-out of a new OS for at least 3-6 months after its release, to
have some chance of the initial bugs being sorted out. Can't think of any
real advantages to be gained in a school environment by using Vista straight
away. Better to leave it 12 months, then re-assess the pros and cons of



It all depends on one’s knowledge of Vista for making purchase decisions.

Currently, more large business’ and corporations are purchasing and
installing Vista, while some small business’ remain in the thinking stage
likely the results of not receiving an education regarding Vista and Vista’s
inherent ultimate Security.

Difficult for making intelligent decisions absent facts and knowledge.

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