Computer Software

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Labour, Ealing North

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what consideration the House of Commons Commission has given to the installation of Windows 7 on computers on the House of Commons part of the Parliamentary estate; and for what reason Windows Vista is being installed on such computers.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

The support service for Windows 2000 expires in June 2010. Windows 7 was launched by Microsoft on 23 October 2009 and is now being tested by PICT. If the tests prove successful and it can be financially justified Windows 7 will be used when new equipment is issued to Members. Given the timescales for the withdrawal of Windows 2000 support and the relatively recent availability of Windows 7 the move to Windows Vista for administrative staff was considered the best option given the circumstances.

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Posted on 23 Feb 2010 1:00 pm (Report this annotation)

Well maybe PICT should have moved to XP rather than cling on to Windows 2000 !

At least the Parliamentary PC's would be on a modern, stable platform that would be a lot easier to maintain and install Windows 7 on.