What should we do about Vista?  The major hardware vendors are making it harder to get XP pre-installed, so licensing will begin to get dodgy.  Also Microsoft will end “Mainstream support” of XP on 4/14/09 http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-us&C2=1173&x=13&y=13

    1. Personally I would prefer to stick with XP until the bitter end, but we will begin to see increased support overhead after mainstream support ends.  My main concern is the “Non-security hotfix support” which will require a special agreement with Microsoft. http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy.
    2. It makes sense start putting  together a roadmap to transition to Vista.
      1. full environment software and hardware inventory
      2. determine possible hardware problems
        1. Printers, scanners, business-card readers, etc.
      3. Determine software problems
        1. Compatibility of standard software
        2. What about non-standard, business critical
      4. set up training for techs and end users