Apple’s iLife and iWork are now available for free.

iLife and iWork now freeWith Apple’s recent updates to the iLife and iWork applications at the end of March, Apple has made the software available for free to all users. Previously, you had to purchase a new device or Mac to get the software at that price. Now users with older Macs can have access to the latest tools freely. The only downside is the Apple apps usually require more recent versions of the OS and/or computer processor. Continue reading Apple’s iLife and iWork are now available for free.

Pony Express Ending in May

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Pony Express, the pre-paid debit account available to all students, will be discontinued at the end of the semester. While Pony Express accounts were honored at all dining facilities on the SMU campus and a few other establishments off-campus, the program will be ending on May 17, 2017. Going forward, Flex Dollars is the recommended alternative for dining on campus without a meal plan. For Copy and Print funds, students will need to begin using their PaperCut account for their printing charges.  Continue reading Pony Express Ending in May

Quarterly Security Update for April 2017 Now Available

OIT Quarterly Security Update (April 2017)

Our latest edition of the OIT Quarterly Security Update is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss how technology is helping the police in an interview with SMU Police Chief Rick Shafer, how the Clery Act reveals campus crime on college campuses, how campus lockdowns work, how toll tags can speed up your parking in the morning, and how the Access Control Initiative is improving the requesting and approving cards and codes.

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End of support for Java impacts AdminImages Firefox Users

FirefoxLike Chrome before it, Firefox has ended support for NPAPI, impacting plugins for Java, Silverlight, and other similar NPAPI-based plugins. Beginning with Firefox v52, released in March of 2017, plug-in support is now limited to Adobe Flash. This lack of support will impact users of AdminImages on campus. Continue reading End of support for Java impacts AdminImages Firefox Users

Exchange Migrations & Department Mailboxes

Exchange 2016For the next several weeks, OIT will be moving Exchange 2010 mailboxes to our new Exchange 2016 system. Most of the changes will occur behind the scenes and should have a little noticeable impact on email service beyond the improved webmail experience. When your mailbox is ready to be migrated to Exchange 2016, you will receive a direct email from SMU IT Communications. Beyond restarting your email client, no action should be required on your part.

While we expect a smooth rollout of Exchange 2016, there are a few things of note: Continue reading Exchange Migrations & Department Mailboxes

Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on March 31.

SMU Buildings and Roads has circulated a notice that electrical service will be shut off to several buildings as a part of campus construction activities. The shutdown will begin on Friday, March 31, 2017, starting approximately 11 p.m. The shutdowns will be in three phases and will affect electricity, networking, and lighting within the building and the surrounding area. Each of the three outages is expected to last 90 minutes. Offices in these buildings should remember to shut down computers and printers before the electrical service being shut off. Continue reading Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on March 31.

Exchange 2016 Mailbox Migrations Begin Next Week

Exchange 2016Starting on March 27, 2017, OIT will begin moving Exchange 2010 mailboxes to our new Exchange 2016 system. Most of the changes will occur behind the scenes and should have a little noticeable impact on email service.  Users of webmail will have noticed the updated experience that was implemented in January to the Outlook web client. These changes will allow for better collaboration, improved search, and of course, that improved Outlook web experience for all web browsers.
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Enhancing Your Presentations with PowerPoint & Sway

Enhancing Your Presentations through PowerPoint & Sway

Students,

Could your presentations use a little more pizazz? Join us for this special 1-hour webinar full of tips, tricks, and practical guidelines for any PowerPoint presentation. If you are thinking of using PowerPoint for any of your classes, this webinar will be worth your time.

During this hour, we will also introduce you to Sway, Microsoft’s storytelling application, designed for creating presentations, newsletters, and interactive reports. Learn how to access Sway and create quality presentations effortlessly. (1 hr)

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Register