Welfare agency Centrelink has praised early test
versions of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system, saying
they show a jump in quality over the much-maligned Windows
(Credit: Renai LeMay/ZDNet.com.au)
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
In a statement, Centrelink said it had been testing the early
versions of Windows 7, with the agency's first impressions being
that they displayed a "significant improvement over [the]
performance and quality of Vista".
The agency confirmed it had long-term plans to migrate to
Windows 7 from its current standard operating environment, based on
"Improvements in deployment, management, performance and
reliability make it the preferred long-term corporate desktop over
Vista and XP — depending on availability and testing and
certification of [the] final version," the statement said.
Windows 7's predecessor Vista was broadly ignored by the public
sector, with the exception of the Australian Customs Service, which
rolled out Vista to its 6000-odd desktop fleet in conjunction with
new hardware. The agency had been using a combination of XP
predecessors, Windows 2000 and NT previously.
Any roll-out to Windows 7 would be a significant undertaking for
Centrelink, which operates a desktop environment involving more
than 30,000 desktops around the nation, and one of the largest
known enterprise implementations of a new Windows operating system
in the past few years.
Keep an eye out for our ongoing series on Windows 7.