ACC upgrades Microsoft software

Major programme of work includes upgrading to Windows 7 and Outlook 2010

The Accident Compensation Corporation has begun a major programme of work to upgrade its aged Microsoft software.

The projects within the programme include upgrading Windows XP and Office 2003 desktop to Windows 7 and Outlook 2010.

This is due to conclude in 2013 in advance of the 2014 end-of-support deadline from Microsoft for both products.

The programme is also targeting an upgrade of the Windows Server fleet from Windows 2003 to a mix of Windows 2008 and Windows 2012, including the upgrade of Active Directory to AD 2008 R2, and Exchange Server to Exchange 2010. The server project is due to conclude ahead of the end-of-life support for Server 2003 in 2015.

ACC says in a statement that the upgrades are in line with corporate strategy and the government mandate to ensure agencies are running supported software.

The programme is being managed by ACC. The project teams are a combination of ACC staff and staff from ICT services partner Datacom, supplemented with external contractors.

ACC says no specific outcome-based contract has been let.

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