The University of Manchester will be one of the first UK users to go live with Windows Vista. It expects to complete the upgrade on more than 500 PCs by the summer, having trialled the operating system on 60 devices last year.
Both Microsoft and Computacenter are providing the university with free consultancy to ensure that the deployment is successful.
Analyst Gartner has warned that only half of business PCs used today are sufficiently powerful to run the full features of Vista. The analyst firm has advised corporate IT users that PCs need dual-core or Pentium-class processors with 1Gbyte dual-channel system memory and a premium graphics card.
The university said it expects the Vista installation to improve students' perception of the IT facilities on offer. It hopes that the positive perception will filter down to potential students.
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