Dimension Data hasn’t wasted any time jumping on the Windows Vista SP1 bandwagon, rolling out the service pack to its Australian users after just a 10-day pilot of the final release.
Roughly half of Full Article’s internal desktops are running on Vista, with the service company one of the first to deploy the operating system after it was released to corporate users in late 2006.
While Vista is DiData’s recommended operating environment, half of its users are still running Windows XP.
According to chief information officer Anthony Stevens, the main reason for that is that several browser-based applications won’t run effectively in Internet Explorer 7, which is the only option for Vista users. “Those apps are IE6 dependent, and with Vista that was an issue,” he said.
With most of those compatibility issues now fixed by application vendors, Stevens hopes to switch the remaining user base this year. “In the next six months, we’ll be able to slowly but surely refresh people’s machines.”
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