The Australians Customs and Border Protection Service this week said at this stage it had no plans to upgrade its extensive Windows Vista desktop fleet to Microsoft's incoming operating system Windows 7.
Customs and Border Protection is not currently testing Windows 7 and has no intention, at this stage, to look at this version
The agency, one of the largest in the Federal Government, rolled out Vista in late 2007 to its approximately 6000 desktop and laptop machines, upgrading from Windows 2000 and NT at the time.
Microsoft's latest opus is widely expected to be released in the second half of 2009, although Redmond has not yet set a launch date for the software. On 9 January this year, the first official beta of Windows 7 was released to general praise from reviewers and the public.
"The priority following the Vista roll-out is to settle in the implementation and realise its benefits for the workforce," Customs said in an emailed statement.
"Customs and Border Protection is not currently testing Windows 7 and has no intention, at this stage, to look at this version."
Some large organisations, such as Centrelink, have begun testing Windows 7. The welfare agency yesterday praised the software, saying it showed a jump in quality and performance over Vista. Centrelink confirmed it had long-term plans to upgrade to Microsoft's latest operating system from its current standard operating environment, based on Windows XP.
The news comes as Customs yesterday revealed it had poached Australia and New Zealand Banking Group's head of technology — risk, Joe Attanasio, to be its new permanent chief information officer. Attanasio will replace Michael Grantham, who had been holding the CIO position at Customs in an interim capacity since the departure of the agency's last permanent IT chief, the long-serving Murray Harrison who retired in September last year.