Vista and Office 2007: How to Implement

Okay, it’s time to finalize the budget plans for next year.

We’re looking to purchase approximately 30 new PC systems (50% desktops, 50% laptops) for faculty and staff members next year. As far as Vista is concerned, I believe we’ll pass for a year. We’ll go for a gig of memory (one chip, we hope), but not a high end video card yet in the systems. The desktops, at least, should be upgradeable to Vista in the future, but not fully Vista-capable to begin with.

In fact, we’re much more concerned about Office 2007 right now. We plan to have all new systems be capable of running Office 2007 well starting this summer (on XP Professional), and we’d like to upgrade all existing one-year-old staff machines to one gig of memory and Office 2007 as well. We’ll calibrate the systems to automatically save to the backward compatible file formats.

So, we’ll have 50% or more of staff on Office 2007 next year, but no Vista. Starting a year from now, we’ll buy new systems with Vista, and we might upgrade the systems from this summer to it, but I don’t see a major rush to get everyone on Vista (even on the new machines this summer). Getting all staff on Office 2007, however, is a different matter. We hope to achieve that over a two-year period.

As for Macs, we’ll have a lot of Intel MacBooks next year, and a new US multimedia lab with Intel Mac Minis. They’re fun little machines, but I fear we may have to cable them down since they are so small and light.

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