Becta, the technology-in-education agency chaired by former e-Envoy Andrew Pinder, put out a report earlier this week telling schools and colleges that the time was still not right to upgrade to either Windows Vista or Office 2007. If you’re extending an existing network, their recommendation is to stick with XP; I can sympathise. It took my Vista laptop nearly half an hour to shut down last night.
If you’re using Office 2007, they say, you should continue saving stuff in the old .doc / .xls / .ppt formats. Plus – ‘pupils, teachers and parents should also be made aware of the wide range of free-to-use products currently available and on how to use and access them.’ Hear hear.