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U.S. Army Upgrading to Windows Vista, Office 2007

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Welcome to the next generation.

While most of us are gearing up for the upgrade to Windows 7, the U.S. Army is planning to upgrade all of its Windows-based machines to Vista by the end of this year.

Going along with this change is also the plan to upgrade all systems from Office 2003 to Office 2007.

About half of the U.S. Army’s 744,000 desktop computers are already running Office 2007, but only 13 percent have so far moved to Windows Vista.

The mandate to upgrade came from a Fragmentary Order published November 22, 2008 and was sent out Army-wide as FRAGO 2 to Department of the Army Executive Order 056-05.

The upgrade orders apply to systems across both the classified and unclassified networks. The only computers exempt from the upgrades are those on the standalone weapons systems.

According to the Army News Service’s report, “First-time Vista users will discover added support for data encryption, a new Windows Explorer, upgraded icons and navigation structure” as well as  “graphical replications of clock, calendar, weather and Outlook mail functions.”

“The Army has been testing Vista since its release and has run it through the Army Golden Master program. The Army Golden Master program is responsible for the release of the Army standard baseline configurations for commonly used computing environments within the Army Enterprise Infrastructure, the team responsible for making sure applications that ran on XP will run on Vista,” said Marcus D. Good, chief of the Information Technology Systems Support Division at DOIM. “We want to handle this migration in a way that makes sense to the organizations fielded.”

“During this process, we are offering several in-house training sessions, helpful quick-tip handouts and free Army online training,” said Sharon Reed, chief of IT at the Soldier Support Institute.

Those part of the U.S. Army can login to an e-learning site and begin training by visiting and

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    wild9 , 28 May 2009 07:40
    Controversial and nonsensical perhaps..but I wonder what games & applications software will be available to these systems..

    - Hunt the non-existent WMD's
    - Keep the Mexican border open
    - Martial Law for Dummies
    - Destroying the Constitution for Dummies
    - Virtual NAFTA
    - Justifying your IT expenditure on useless, redundant software
    - Pandemic Panic
    - Save the Banker
    - NWO planner for Microsoft Office

    etc, etc

    Certainly a growth industry under the this present administration.
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    Clintonio , 28 May 2009 07:59
    Hey Wild9, welcome to irrational-ville.

    Anyway, I'm pretty sure our severely knowledge challenged friend above failed to factor in the added security, and forwards compatibility included in Vista (ie; Anything Vista works on 7, and better). It also is easier to use after a few weeks. More effiecient on newer hardware.

    But, continue pushing your republican agenda if you want, nobody is listening since everything you've just said was present under the republican administration as well. This article on the other hand is entirely about Windows Vista, and not your political agenda.
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    Clintonio , 28 May 2009 08:00
    Oh yes, and by "our severely knowledge challenged friend", I meant Wild9
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    wild9 , 28 May 2009 08:42
    Who said anything about Republican Agenda lol. You clearly don't understand. It's my right to hold opinions on BOTH the left and the right...nice try eliciting the straw man argument..

    But hey, if "nobody is listening" then I guess by your own definition, you're a nobody. Take canter stage why don't you, and speak on behalf of everyone else..oops, sorry, you already tried that, right?

    This article is NOT entirely about Windows try and use some context. It's about the army's use of the said software. And in the name of fairness AS WELL AS free speech then I have a newsflash for you: it's my right to hold opinions on the application of PC software in military as well as political scenarios; if you think those things aren't related then you really are deluded. You seem like a soldier playing dumb in order to never question the morality of what they were doing..never looked at the bigger picture. Still, best not to think about it, eh.

    Back to your solitary train of thought. You claim Windows Vista is more secure yet you also fail to state that for reasons including security, an awful lot of people DO NOT WANT IT. You also fail to mention that it requires larger resource allocation than it's predecessor(s). But never mind..roll on Windows 7, eh..and perhaps even 'bigger battles for you to fight', I guess.

    But hey - if you want to continue with your insults/political viewpoints and in doing so make yourself look small and weak, it's your right. In the meantime it's my right to question the morality of war, to question the validity of Windows Vista and to question whether you are actually using Windows Vista as a pretext for mouthing off at people using this site because you can't tolerate other opinions.

    I don't feed trolls and you'll starve trying to feed off my words. The end.
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    wild9 , 28 May 2009 08:51
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    Anonymous , 28 May 2009 21:22
    wtf, the artical is about vista.