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Coming Attractions

ITS has created a Coming Attractions webpage to inform MSU Denver faculty, staff and students about major technological changes that may affect their academic computing experience.

SOFTWARE
OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

Updated 3/2016: Apple released OS X El Capitan (v10.11), its latest Mac operating system, on September 30th, 2015. Due to extensive changes to OS X El Capitan’s security framework, significant testing and application re-configuration has been required to ensure ongoing compatibility with many of the University’s essential applications, including Banner and Blackboard.

At this time, ITS is performing exhaustive testing against a Beta-release image configuration to ensure the bugs identified during initial evaluation have been addressed. When testing is complete, we hope to release OS X 10.11 to campus as an officially supported platform. In the meantime, for the foreseeable future ITS will continue to officially support OS X Mavericks (10.9.x) and OS X Yosemite (10.10.x) on all University owned computers. 

 Microsoft Windows 10

Updated 3/2016: Windows 10 was officially released to the public on July 29, 2015, with a new major release (or “branch”) reaching end users in November 2015. With any major operating system revision, core University systems such as Blackboard, Banner and Active Directory may encounter unexpected issues as patches are released unexpectedly. Additionally, Windows 10 testers have reported multiple usability issues with legacy devices and peripherals.

While recent releases have introduced numerous stability and hardware supportability fixes, new application compatibility challenges have emerged.

ITS is in the process of developing an alpha image configuration for in-depth testing, which we anticipate will be ready for initial testing in mid- to late April 2016.

In the meantime, ITS continues to offer official support for Windows 7 Enterprise, and will do so for the foreseeable future. Official support for Windows 10 will be announced on this page when all known issues have been addressed and adequately tested. 

 Microsoft Office 2016

Updated 3/2016: Microsoft Office 2016 was released to the public for both Mac and Windows platforms in the second half of 2015. ITS is in the process of testing and validating this release for use on University-owned computers, with a broad beta test beginning in the near future. In the meantime, Office 2016 is available for home use as a free download through your MSU Denver Office 365 account.

In the meantime, ITS continues to support Office 2011 for Mac and Office 2013 for Windows.

HARDWARE
Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Updated 3/2016: Several groups on campus have expressed interest in the Surface Pro 4 to date. ITS has been in possession of test units since shortly following the public product release and continues to test the platform. There are 3 notable impediments to broad distribution of the device at this time:

1.) The Surface Pro 4 is a Windows 10-only device, which as noted above requires further testing and development efforts.

2.) We have observed (and Microsoft has acknowledged) significant stability challenges to date. Microsoft recently released a firmware update which has addressed some but not all of our stability concerns.

3.) We have recently seen an uptick in instances where previous generation Surface Pro devices are being returned for alternate hardware. We wish to minimize further situations where campus clients have subpar technology experiences.

Testing will continue, and ITS is continually evaluating other similar candidate devices. 

SYSTEMS

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