Video: Licence costs may delay DET Vista plans

Video: Licence costs may delay DET Vista plans

Summary: Windows Vista seems to be better at fighting off virus infections then XP but the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) will delay an upgrade unless licensing costs are reduced.In the third part of this four-part interview, Tim Anderson, DET Information Services Director, told ZDNet Australia that Vista is easier to patch and has an "inherently stable core" when it comes to fighting virus infections.

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Windows Vista seems to be better at fighting off virus infections then XP but the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) will delay an upgrade unless licensing costs are reduced.

In the third part of this four-part interview, Tim Anderson, DET Information Services Director, told ZDNet Australia that Vista is easier to patch and has an "inherently stable core" when it comes to fighting virus infections.

Despite Vista's improved security, Anderson reveals that the DET is about to renegotiate its licensing agreement with Microsoft and that will determine if it migrates sooner rather than later.

"The biggest threat, if you look back at recent history, has come from virus infection ... we should have the ability to patch the operating system when necessary more quickly and it seems to have more inherently stable core from the point of view of virus threats.

"The enterprise agreement with Microsoft is up for renegotiation next year and this is a factor ... is XP sufficient for the next couple of years, or do we want to get onto a new platform?

"It is always a question of the costs and benefits," said Anderson.

Other parts of this interview can be found here:
Part 1: DET begins slow crawl to a new Vista
Part 2: DET mulls Vista savings, training
Part 3: Licence costs may delay DET Vista plans
Part 4: DET considers Linux on the desktop


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Topics: Windows, Microsoft

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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  • "inherently stable core"? Anesthetize me now! The pain from laughter is killing me.

    Ever since MS decided to inflict the GOOEY WIMP interface on the world, there have been two that come out on top as stable and useable: 98SE and XP; and two that have really shown themselves up as dogs: ME and VISTA.

    Save the money and go with an Open Source package. That way you can afford a faster infrastructure with significantly less hardware!
    Treknology