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ZDNet is reporting that The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have banned upgrades to Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows Vista, for their tens of thousands of employees.
Large organizations often wait 18 months or more before adopting new operating systems, until they are sure the transition will be smooth. It’s small businesses and individuals who get stuck as the guinea pigs for Microsoft OS updates. You can no longer buy a PC with XP in a retail store or from Dell, Gateway, etc.
“You’d have to be crazy to upgrade a real PC to Vista at this point.” noted Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for WIndows last week.
“There appears to be no compelling technical or business case for upgrading to these new Microsoft software products,” according to a DOT memo.