U.S Department of Tranportation bans Windows Vista, Explorer 7, and Office 2007 - Macs considered as an Alternative

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By: switchtoamac at: 9:02 AM on March 3, 2007 | Comments (0)
Paul McDougall, writing for InformationWeek highlights internal memos sent  by the CIO (Daniel Mintz) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that forbids upgrades to latest versions of Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office.  There's also a mention that Apple Macs are to be given consideration.

InformationWeek cites the following from the January 19, 2007 memo:

"there appears to be no compelling technical or business case for upgrading to these new Microsoft software products. Furthermore, there appears to be specific reasons not to upgrade."

"Microsoft Vista, Office 2007, and Internet Explorer [7] may be acquired for testing purposes only, though only on approval by the DOT chief information officer," Mintz writes."

InformationWeek interviewed Tim Schmidt,  DOT's chief technology officer and he indicated that the ban is still effective.  InformationWeek quotes Schmidt:

"We're analyzing different client software options and also integration issues," says Schmidt. Among the options the Transportation Department is weighing as a possible alternative or complement to Windows Vista are Novell's Suse Linux and, for a limited group of users, Apple's Macintosh hardware and software."

For reference, you can view the "FMCSA Moratorium on Microsoft Windows Vista" at DOT's website.

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It should be noted that Macs will be considered for a limited number of users within the U.S. DOT.  It's a start!  It's only a matter of time before the U.S. government begins to adopt and embrace the Mac as a more secure and cost effective alternative to Windows-based PCs.

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