Poor Microsoft just cannot catch a break when it comes to Windows Vista. Yesterday the Texas state Senate gave preliminary approval to a budget that contains provisions forbidding any government agency (excluding schools) inside the state from upgrading to Windows Vista without written consent of the Legislative Budget Board. The proposal was put in by the vice chairman of the Finance Committee Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D) due to "the many reports of problems with Vista."
Three senators have raised objections to the rider for singling out Microsoft and Windows Vista, calling it dangerously specific. Hinojosa's explains "the reason [they] are so vendor-specific is because Microsoft has a monopoly on government PCs."
Various state agencies have already spent $6.1 million to upgrade to Windows Vista, which was released in 2007. According to a November 2008 report, Microsoft Windows is running on 99% of the 137,500 state computers.