MS Teams Now Open to All!

Microsoft Teams Logo without TextThe month of April proved to be a successful one for our Microsoft Teams rollout, with the early adopter program helping to tie up loose ends. Now, we are opening up Teams to the entire SMU community!

SMU faculty, staff, and students can now head to smu.edu/teams, click the Login button, and use their SMU e-mail and password to access this new service for cloud-based team collaboration. Once you’ve accessed Teams, you can create your own teams and invite individuals to chat and collaborate on projects. Plus, as an educational institution, we also get additional features tailored to academic uses.

If you’re ready to learn more about Microsoft Teams, we have some resources for you. In addition to Microsoft’s ten-part training video series, there are several courses available in LinkedIn Learning that you can access.

Microsoft Teams Coming to Campus

Microsoft Teams LogoCollaborating efficiently with your colleagues is an important part of everyday work. Making sure that all of the loose ends of a large project end up in a nice bow at the end of the day can be a daunting task. There are all kinds of collaboration and communication platforms that have popped up in recent years, allowing teams to quickly come together to share and store information. One of these platforms is Microsoft Teams, and OIT will be introducing Teams to campus in the coming months!

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Microsoft’s Windows 7 Update Support Ends January 2020

Windows 7 LogoLike Windows Vista and XP before it, Windows 7 will reach the end of its update support cycle early next year.

Full support and updates for Windows 7 have been halted since 2015, but January 14, 2020, will mark the day when even critical security updates stop for the operating system that made its big debut in 2009. That year was the heyday of the tiny and eccentric netbook craze, FarmVille was big on a burgeoning Facebook, and some tech news outlets were claiming that Apple’s rumored tablet computer would never happen. A lot has changed in the tech world since 2009, but Windows 7 has been one of the most long-lasting and popular versions of Windows. But nothing lasts forever in the IT realm. Continue reading Microsoft’s Windows 7 Update Support Ends January 2020

Students Get Windows 10 Education for Free

Windows 10You may already know that SMU offers Microsoft Office 365 at no charge for active students, faculty, and staff. You may also have taken advantage of smu.onthehub.com to get other software discounts. If you are just now arriving to campus as a new member of the SMU family, make a note of these freebies and discounts to make your life easier! In addition to the already great discounts available, we now offer the Windows 10 operating system at no charge for active students! Continue reading Students Get Windows 10 Education for Free