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U.S. Army Upgrading to Windows Vista, Office 2007

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Welcome to the next generation.

While most of us are gearing up for the upgrade to Windows 7, the U.S. Army is planning to upgrade all of its Windows-based machines to Vista by the end of this year.

Going along with this change is also the plan to upgrade all systems from Office 2003 to Office 2007.

About half of the U.S. Army’s 744,000 desktop computers are already running Office 2007, but only 13 percent have so far moved to Windows Vista.

The mandate to upgrade came from a Fragmentary Order published November 22, 2008 and was sent out Army-wide as FRAGO 2 to Department of the Army Executive Order 056-05.

The upgrade orders apply to systems across both the classified and unclassified networks. The only computers exempt from the upgrades are those on the standalone weapons systems.

According to the Army News Service’s report, “First-time Vista users will discover added support for data encryption, a new Windows Explorer, upgraded icons and navigation structure” as well as  “graphical replications of clock, calendar, weather and Outlook mail functions.”

“The Army has been testing Vista since its release and has run it through the Army Golden Master program. The Army Golden Master program is responsible for the release of the Army standard baseline configurations for commonly used computing environments within the Army Enterprise Infrastructure, the team responsible for making sure applications that ran on XP will run on Vista,” said Marcus D. Good, chief of the Information Technology Systems Support Division at DOIM. “We want to handle this migration in a way that makes sense to the organizations fielded.”

“During this process, we are offering several in-house training sessions, helpful quick-tip handouts and free Army online training,” said Sharon Reed, chief of IT at the Soldier Support Institute.

Those part of the U.S. Army can login to an e-learning site and begin training by visiting http://usarmy.skillport.com and https://train.gordon.army.mil/.

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    Pei-chen , May 27, 2009 5:27 PM
    marokeroThey will also discover innumerable network incompatibilities, as well as having to upgrade hardware. I'm sure they must've taken all that into consideration, but why Vista and not 7?

    It will take 2 years to validate Win 7.
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    fulle , May 27, 2009 5:19 PM
    I swear to god, the people who run this country are fucking retarded.
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    marokero , May 27, 2009 5:19 PM
    They will also discover innumerable network incompatibilities, as well as having to upgrade hardware. I'm sure they must've taken all that into consideration, but why Vista and not 7?
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    grieve , May 27, 2009 5:25 PM
    FAIL !
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    Hatecrime69 , May 27, 2009 5:27 PM
    well at least it's nice to know that microsoft will be responsible for the downfall of the us army...
  • 13 Hide
    Pei-chen , May 27, 2009 5:27 PM
    marokeroThey will also discover innumerable network incompatibilities, as well as having to upgrade hardware. I'm sure they must've taken all that into consideration, but why Vista and not 7?

    It will take 2 years to validate Win 7.
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    grieve , May 27, 2009 5:27 PM
    Don’t get me wrong… I like Vista but come on now, with Win 7 being superior why not just skip Vista and begin testing on 7 and jump straight to it. XP will be fine until 7 is fully tested.
  • 5 Hide
    NightbladeXX , May 27, 2009 5:28 PM
    because Windows 7 will be too new, and Vista SP2 is now availiable
  • 1 Hide
    grieve , May 27, 2009 5:34 PM
    NightbladeXXbecause Windows 7 will be too new, and Vista SP2 is now availiable

    Yes...
    BUT there is really little reason to upgrade to Vista, especially when you consider the Billions it will cost. XP is sufficient until 7 is tested.
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    Anonymous , May 27, 2009 5:35 PM
    "They will also discover innumerable network incompatibilities, as well as having to upgrade hardware. I'm sure they must've taken all that into consideration, but why Vista and not 7?"

    What part of “The Army has been testing Vista since its release and has run it through the Army Golden Master program. The Army Golden Master program is responsible for the release of the Army standard baseline configurations for commonly used computing environments within the Army Enterprise Infrastructure
    , the team responsible for making sure applications that ran on XP will run on Vista,” did you not understand?
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    the_one111 , May 27, 2009 5:42 PM
    fulleI swear to god, the people who run this country are fucking retarded.

    No, that would be you.
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    KT_WASP , May 27, 2009 5:52 PM
    Soldier punches in the launch code.. superior says fire... Windows ask if your sure "Windows needs permission for this launch..." its like adding in another fail safe! LOL

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    worst 3 , May 27, 2009 5:54 PM
    really, waited all this time and cant wait a few a bit longer till win7 comes out and is tested. the government seems love to waste money, and i thought they were going to be more efficient with there computer usage and upgrades.
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    crom , May 27, 2009 5:55 PM
    Windows? Are they serious? The fact that the military is deciding on the most insecure of all the operating systems is absolutely stupid. They should be running BSD on everything there. We might as well as stick a big "rape our infrastructure" sign over the army.
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    tomm09 , May 27, 2009 6:01 PM
    Vista is not as good as XP, but it is no where near as bad as people make it to be.
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    grieve , May 27, 2009 6:03 PM
    Whatever.... USA Gov, spend Billions on this:


    ""According to the Army News Service’s report, “First-time Vista users will discover added support for data encryption, a new Windows Explorer, upgraded icons and navigation structure” as well as “graphical replications of clock, calendar, weather and Outlook mail functions.”"



    HAHA I guess thats why your economy is fucked and not going to recover fully... ever.
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    zigge , May 27, 2009 6:08 PM
    "but why Vista and not 7?"
    There will always be a new OS out before the previous one is finished being tested. Additionally, MS is cutting support for XP. Thus, military is forced to migrate to a new OS, likely before they could finish testing 7. 2 years for testing a new OS is optimistic and not even including deployment time. Many of their programs also have to be updated for whatever OS they are converting to in advance to. They started that over 3 years ago and still aren't done. OS migration is probably a 4-5 year process and it must be finished before the current OS in use (XP in this case has support pulled).
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    Anonymous , May 27, 2009 6:10 PM
    It is bad enough that the government is using M$'s junk, but to use a known POS like VISDUH just "takes the cake"!!!!! - get your head out of you ***'s people!!!!

    I can see it now;
    SIR, YES SIR - I will launch those nukes as soon as my computer finishes rebooting, SIR

    SIR, We have a problem, I keep getting a BSOD... Sorry Sir!!
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    grieve , May 27, 2009 6:12 PM
    They should be looking into virtualization…

    Netstations for everyone in an office. I just saved USA taxes 1 billion $
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    Anonymous , May 27, 2009 6:18 PM
    This is seriously stupid. They should be sticking with xp, vista offers them nothing, except a SERIOUS waste of taxpayer dollars.

    I might support a move to 7 after validation, but moving to vista, especially now, is a big fat waste of money.
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