The long expected delivery of the next upgrade to Microsoft Windows, dubbed “Vista”, has been pushed past the holidays this year into 2007. In a research report issued this week, the IT research firm Gartner wrote, “Microsoft’s track record is clear; it consistently misses target dates for major operating system releases. We don’t expect broad availability of Windows Vista until at least 2Q07, which is nine to 12 months after Beta 2 [is released].”
Why do you care? You may need to upgrade your hardware as your application providers upgrade their systems for Vista. Gartner advises larger companies to plan to deploy Vista in 2008, allowing anywhere from 12-18 months to prepare.
Microsoft has issued guidance for the public as to the hardware requirements that Vista will require.
The hardware issue may be of import for practices in 2008 and 2009, as application providers roll out upgrades. This will entail purchasing and installing upgrades, and it hardware is needed, upgrading current hardware or even buying new equipment.
Your practice management software provider is one to start talking to as to their plans, if they’ve gotten that far yet. Their dates will be soft, mostly while they wait on Microsoft (I don’t believe Redmond has issued guidance to developer’s as of yet).