The Department of Health and Ageing of Australia aims to bring Windows 7 to its 4500 employees by the end of May 2012. As part of its project that started in early 2011, the department is replacing its thick clients with virtual desktops. Before the commencement of this project, the staff was using Windows XP, Lotus Notes 7 for email and workflow management, and the Internet Explorer 6 web browser. In April 2011, a pilot study was done under which the employees used thin clients to access the existing software and applications.
After the success of the pilot project, the Department of Health and Ageing decided to adopt virtual desktop technology. Testing was done in this regard from June 2011 onwards. Once the deployment of Windows 7 is complete, the staff will use new software such as Microsoft Office 2010, Internet Explorer 8, and Google Chrome. Paul Madden, the department’s chief information and knowledge officer, said that the thin clients were chosen in the planning phase of upgrading end-of-life desktop hardware and software. To learn more about the plans of the department, click here.
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