Category Archives: Tech News

SPSS License Renewal

Every summer, SPSS goes through a license renewal process. During this time, some customers will be given a countdown for when their license will expire. While this message is distressing, there is a 90-day grace period during which there will … Continue reading

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Lync Becomes Skype for Business

Beginning July 29, SMU faculty and staff who use Microsoft Lync will notice changes, like new notification tones, as Lync clients are upgraded to Skype for Business. What does this mean for current Lync users? If you use Skype to … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know When You Need It

We’re now communicating project news when you need it. Starting this week, we’ve begun posting articles in our blog IT Connect instead of the bi-monthly Technology News. Our weekly down-to-earth blog has details on upcoming projects, tech tips, training, and … Continue reading

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Excel for Windows Tips and Shortcuts Webinar

Boosting Your Efficiency and Productivity Offered by Lynda.com Explore Microsoft Excel tips and shortcuts you can use every day on a Windows operating system. Join Dennis Taylor, spreadsheets expert and lynda.com author, to unlock techniques for navigating, copying and pasting, … Continue reading

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Summer 2015: Sneak Peek from OIT

It’s hard to believe the Spring semester is almost over.  Summertime is always a very busy period for OIT as we strive to complete infrastructure projects or finish up new solutions before the Fall semester begins.  Throughout the summer, we … Continue reading

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Microsoft Forefront Replacement Coming this Month!

Microsoft is discontinuing support for and replacing Forefront, our licensed anti-virus application for SMU Windows machines, with a solution called Endpoint Protection.  OIT will begin deploying this replacement product via LanDesk over the next several weeks. About Endpoint Protection Endpoint … Continue reading

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Voicemail Replacement Project

The Voicemail Replacement Project is approaching the pilot phase. When the new service comes online, some exciting new features will be available. In addition to being able to check voicemail with your phone, staff and faculty will also be able … Continue reading

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Distributed Antenna Service (DAS): Cell Phone Coverage Update

By Amber Clark The DAS Initiative to improve cell phone coverage across campus completed phase one of five on March 4th. All carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) are present in the Residential Commons.  Phase two is estimated to be … Continue reading

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Spam Filter Changes

In response to the ever-present threat of unsolicited email sent to campus, the following changes were made to the SMU email security service on Monday, April 20: Messages identified as “definite” spam will be dropped, instead of quarantined. These messages … Continue reading

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Office 2016 for Mac is Coming!

Mac users seem to have been forgotten by Microsoft Office developers since the last version was released in 2010. However, the folks in Redmond have finally announced that a new version of Office is on the way! Office 2016 is … Continue reading

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