Like 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.
So, what does the end of Windows 7 support mean for us at SMU? Not much, for now. Of course, all new PCs deployed on campus include Windows 10, and we always recommend that you upgrade as long as you do not have software that must specifically run on older versions. If you want to see if your primary SMU-owned computer is old enough for a replacement through the Tech Fund, provide the IT Help Desk with your computers ITS/asset tag number and they will be happy to check for you.
You can also contact the Help Desk if you simply want to upgrade your existing computer to Windows 10. Keep in mind that the upgrade process takes several hours, and always make sure your files are backed up with CrashPlan, which allows technicians to quickly and easily restore your existing files!
Microsoft has recently released the latest update to the Office suite. Office 2019 offers a few new features including new motion graphics, editing tools, formulas, and more. Continue reading Office 2019 is On The Way
You 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
During the 2017–2018 academic year, OIT will be providing access to the Microsoft Office Specialist Exams for free to current students. Get certified and stand out among other candidates for those upcoming internships and job interviews next spring! This 30-minute info session will walk you through the process of how to get started, where to get practice exams, and what to expect on the exams. You’ll also learn how to promote your certifications on LinkedIn and share digital transcripts with potential employers.
These info sessions will be located in the Hughes-Trigg Forum on Wednesday, October 18. Sessions will take place at 12:45, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:15.
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.
Thankfully, there are resources that can help you keep your projects organized and on track! Continue reading Get Your Projects into Shape with OneNote