Gov't bodies not briefed from top on new Windows

Government agencies are notably absent from the ranks of early adopters of Microsoft's Windows Server 2003, and no guidance brief on the new operating system is being contemplated.

Government agencies are notably absent from the ranks of early adopters of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003, and no guidance brief on the new operating system is being contemplated.

The only public-sector organisation known to be taking the early leap is healthAlliance, comprising the shared-services arm of the Counties-Manukau and Waitemata district health boards.

A decision to adopt a new operating environment is entirely a matter for the IT management and chief executive of the department, says State Services Commission e-government head Brendan Boyle.

Such a hands-off attitude didn't stop the unit formulating a brief pointing out the wisdom of evaluating open source software (see 'No contradiction' in OSS stance); but no evaluation of Windows 2003 server has been drafted, says Boyle.

Government agency representatives were, however, evident in some numbers at Microsoft’s Wellington launch of Windows 2003 Server this week.

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