It is now that time of the semester when things get hectic! This time is filled with even more studying, exams, and sometimes those big projects. As your workload gets busier this time of year, large projects can appear especially daunting.
Today is the day. April 11, 2017 is the day that Microsoft officially ends support for the beleaguered Windows Vista operating system. First released in 2007, mainstream support for Vista ended five years ago. Now, all support has ended and it moves to the big hard drive in the sky. Continue reading Vista’s Out, Creator’s Update is In
For 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.
As faculty and staff mailboxes are upgraded to Exchange 2016, you will notice that your webmail client will look drastically different. While the old Outlook Web Access from Exchange 2010 didn’t always work well on different web browsers, the new webmail interface plays nicely with all browsers and has lots of improved features to make managing your e-mail less of a headache.
Starting 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. Continue reading Exchange 2016 Mailbox Migrations Begin Next Week
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)
Get your spring semester off to a great start! The Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC) has partnered with OIT to offer student workshops that can help you make the best of your spring. Located in the Loyd All-Sports Center, the A-LEC is a great place to support your studies through your time at SMU. Continue reading A-LEC and OIT Team Up for Student Workshops
Planning for this fall’s student technology workshops has been underway for several months now. This semester, our continued partnership with the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC) will be expanded with several new course offerings as part of their Learning Strategies Workshop Schedule. One workshop we are particularly excited about is Digital Note-Taking & Textbook Reading. This 2-in-1 workshop will be jointly hosted by members of the A-LEC and IT Training Team. Continue reading Upcoming Student Technology Training
Summer offers the perfect time to enrich yourself with some summertime learning. With lyndaCampus, you have access to the leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Here are a few suggested tutorials to learn some new skills, grow professionally, or just have some fun. Continue reading Summertime Learning with Lynda
Recently it was announced that Apple will no longer offer patches and will end support for QuickTime for Windows, their multimedia software package for the Microsoft OS. This move came about shortly after several vulnerabilities were detected in the software. For over five years, Windows has supported popular media formats, such as H.264 and AAC, that were enabled by the installation of Quicktime. Also, all Windows web browsers support online video without the need for plug-ins like QuickTime. Due to these new vulnerabilities, the lack of need for QuickTime for video, and the fact that Apple will not patch the software, OIT is moving to disable QuickTime for Windows on all SMU managed Windows computers starting on June 14th.
For those using video software that requires QuickTime being installed on Windows to enable video codecs, most notably Apple ProRes, this move might affect your workflow. Adobe has been working to remove the dependency on QuickTime for the past couple of years, and their software will now run without the need for QuickTime for Windows. The Abobe Creative Cloud Team had been working to support the missing codecs and only last month was able to announce the support for the native reading of ProRes. The fixes will soon be included in updates to the relevant Creative Cloud software. More information will be on the Creative Cloud blog as it becomes available.