Microsoft released it’s new operating system, dubbed Vista, to corporate users last week and will be releasing the consumer version on January 30. The reviews that I’ve seen have been favorable as Microsoft set out to fix security issues, upgrade usability, and enable existing programs to run on Vista. The company plans to continue to support Windows XP that was first released in 2001.
In various articles I’ve read, corporate tech managers seem to be taking a cautious approach to implementing Vista. The articles suggest that corporate managers will wait to see how Vista performs in general use and obvious bugs are worked out and corrected.
For both personal and business use, a reasonable course would be to wait. If you are planning to buy new computers, wait until next year when Vista will come installed in new computers. As far as your management systems, get in touch with your vendors who should be keeping you apprised of their plans for changes. Corporate IT managers are suggesting that it will be 12-18 months until Vista is installed, so don’t be surprised – or inpatient – is there is a lag until their system is upgraded.
The Office Suite is also being upgraded. The Microsoft website offers more information and demos in anticipation of the launch. The upgrade price for the Small Business edition is $279. If you have five or more computers, there is volume license pricing available.
So – as you are completing your 2007 budget, unless you are sure that you are going to wait until 2008, include monies to upgrade to Vista and Office 2007, and plan on any updgrades needed to your PCs in order to run these tools.