State in no rush for Windows 7
Windows 7, the much anticipated new operating system from Microsoft, launched Oct. 22, but it could be some time before state officials adopt it for the enterprise.
Glenn Thomas, Director of IT Governance at Commonwealth Office of Technology, said the state’s Enterprise Architecture and Standards Committee has discussed implementation of the OS, but there is no rush to get it on state issued PCs.
Microsoft will continue to support Windows XP until 2014, Thomas said, and customarily state officials wait until at least the first service pack has been issued before considering as a state standard. The time frame for SP1 launch is likely to occur around April of next year.
“We recommend state agencies start thinking about how they are going to handle the upgrade,” Thomas said. “We will definitely be revisiting Windows 7 within a year.”
Thomas said state agencies can request an exception should they wish to move to the new OS before it is an approved standard.
“Some agencies are already using it and we hear people say they really like it once they get familiar with it,” Thomas said.