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Hasta la Vista

ACN spoke to a number of prominent IT professionals to find out what they think of Windows’ latest operating system in comparison to its predecessor.

ACN spoke to a number of prominent IT professionals to find out what they think of Windows’ latest operating system in comparison to its predecessor.

Saji Mathew, CIO, JAFZA

No we aren't using Vista. There was no pressing business need for an immediate changeover, especially considering the time and resources required for such an activity.

Indirectly XP's success has had an effect on Vista - by eliminating the "stability" driver for usual release upgrades. We will upgrade when there is a strong business driver - either technically or by functionality, or to avoid obsolescence.

Constantin Vaduvac, assistant IT manager, UAE University

We have installed it on some computers but it has not been globally applied yet, partly because we are looking to upgrade the hardware. From what I know they will be ready to go for it soon though.

We are on XP at the moment. XP is going to be out of support in one or two years and most of the applications are going to Vista. Apps we use internally need to be compatible with Vista because there are issues with some of them.

Ahmad Almulla, CIO, Dubai Aluminum Company (Dubal)

No, we are not using Vista. Dubal has used Windows XP on its desktops since 2003. Dubal IT is a service provider to the business and provides it with what it requires to run the business successfully.

The current needs are being met by Windows XP. Dubal IT does not immediately embrace newer technologies from Microsoft until they have stabilised as a product.

Migration to Vista may require a change in the current existing computer systems at Dubal which needs to be evaluated prior to taking a decision. I don't think XP's success has really hurt Vista.

However, the change in hardware requirements for moving from XP to Vista has made it more difficult. Also, non-compatibility of drivers for various peripherals has aggravated the situation.

We will commence the evaluation and identify the changes required in our current existing set-up to switch to Vista. If the changes required are minimal then we may initiate a project soon, otherwise it may take longer. Sanjose Netto, IT manager, Millennium Hotel Sharjah

We use Windows XP Professional and we also have some PCs running on Windows 2000 Professional. We have a lot of compatibility issues. We are also running the Novell server. I don't think they have released compatible software for that with Microsoft Vista. It has a beta version, but there are still a lot of errors and things like that.

XP was very good. I think it was much faster and more user-friendly. Even after using Windows XP for years I still find it hard to get around Vista, especially when it comes to the network settings. It is really hard to get access for people who come into the hotel with Vista laptops. From the guest's point of view, it can be really hard for them to find a wireless signal.

When the owners decide that it is time for change and invest in high-end PCs we will upgrade. I'm sure by that time all the bugs in Vista will be cleared. So once the bugs are clear and they find out how to relieve all the little memory resources I'm sure it will be much faster.

If you look back, XP also had problems in the beginning, so I hope they will also think of the issues with Vista and make it more user-friendly and less memory-consuming. We still wouldn't switch just yet if compatibility issues were resolved. We might consider it in a year or two because to run Vista you need high-end computers.

You need to have computers running with a minimum of 512 Mbytes of RAM and what we have presently is very good for XP, but if we put Vista in we would have to make changes to all of our 78 computers.

To do that will cost us a lot of money and I don't think the owners are ready for that. I have my own mobile PC which is running Vista with two Gbytes of RAM and still I find it slow.

Claudiu Iarca, MI manager, Schneider Electric

We aren't currently using Windows Vista because we are waiting for this application to become more mature. Plus, we have already set up our computers and it's not advisable to go for the new OS at this moment in time.

It's the natural evolution to upgrade. To migrate a client operating system in an enterprise is not an easy job, which is why I would prefer to wait some more time when the product will be more mature.

We will wait several years to upgrade, so we have better computers for the new operating system. This way we will maximise the chance of a successful migration. We have to do it for support and for other reasons. It's not normal if you don't, otherwise we would still be using Windows version 3!

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sean 11 years ago

Good article. I agree 100% on Vista. Keep up the good work