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Now Available to Students – Microsoft Office 2010/2011

September 26th, 2011 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Students:

The newest version of Microsoft Office is now available to students who have purchased either the Windows or Mac version of the DePauw Software Bundle. By completing the Microsoft Office Upgrade Request form, you are authorizing a one-time fee of $9 to be charged to your student account, which covers the cost of making this upgrade available to you. You will need to use your “@depauw.edu” account to complete the form. Please allow up to 2 weeks for your upgrade package to be delivered to your U.B. mailbox.

NOTE: If you purchased the DePauw Software Bundle this Fall (2011), you already have the latest version and do not need to complete this form.

Faculty and Staff:

The newest version of Microsoft Office will be available for faculty and staff home use beginning October 3. To pick-up a copy of the upgrade package, you will need to visit the HelpDesk (located on the lower level of the Union Building) and complete a form for tracking purposes. Please remember to bring your DePauw ID (OneCard) with you for identification purposes.

Upgrading to Office 2007

April 2nd, 2008 by

Contributed by David Diedriech, Technical Training Coordinator

You may be aware that Microsoft released Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows last fall. Office 2007 includes significant changes from previous versions, most noticeably a dramatically different user interface. Office 2007 will be the campus standard on Windows computers by Fall 2009.Office 2007 for Windows is already installed on the Dell laptops that First-Year students purchased, and we are now beginning the process to rollout the upgrade to rest of faculty members, staff and students across campus.

Before you upgrade:
We strongly encourage administrative departments to consider upgrading all of their systems at the same time to ensure compatibility and consistency within the department. Administrative department directors should review their office procedures and annual schedule of activities to determine the best time for your office to upgrade.

Faculty members and academic departments should consult with their academic support assistants and colleagues with whom you routinely share files before upgrading to ensure that you know how to exchange and open documents in case not everyone decides to update at the same time.

To help you make decisions about when to upgrade, we will be offering brief overviews of Office 2007 throughout the rest of the semester. Workshops are scheduled for the following times:
Tuesday, April 8, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 10:00 a.m.
All workshops are scheduled for the computer lab in the lower level of Roy O. West library.

To upgrade:
To have Office 2007 installed on your office computer/laptop, contact the Help Desk to schedule an appointment for a technician to visit your office to perform the installation. Alternatively, if you use a laptop, you can also schedule an appointment to bring it to the Help Desk and have the upgrade installed there. (This process normally takes at least 15 minutes).

This software is also available for all faculty and staff members who use Office as part of their regular DePauw duties to install on their personal home computers. If you wish to obtain a personal installation CD, please visit the Help Desk on the UB lower level and sign a release form.

For more details on Office 2007 please refer to our Office 2007 resources at:
http://www.depauw.edu/it/helpdesk/office2007.

As always, please contact the Help Desk with questions or concerns.

Laptop Initiative Update

April 2nd, 2008 by Carol L. Smith

Contributed by Courtney Hime ’09, ITAP Communication Consultant

As spring approaches, it’s time for the Laptop Advisory Committee to make the final decisions about the new models of laptop for the incoming class of 2012. Mike Moore, director of the Laptop Advisory Committee said they are in the process of finalizing the negotiations with Dell and will begin to create the image (compilation of software) for next year’s model.

Every year the image writers work with Dell to ensure that all the necessary software is installed onto student computers, while at the same time making sure to keep the personalized experience of getting a new computer intact.

Since the laptop initiative began, the basic image of the computer hasn’t changed. Each model – or software package for Apple users – consists of the core operating system, the Microsoft Office suite, Macromedia suite and antivirus software. The incoming class of 2011, for the first time, also received the GroupWise e-mail client on their computers. Novell (network software) isn’t installed with the image, however, because students cannot connect to the network unless they are on campus. There is, however, a huge campaign to install Novell when students arrive on campus.

Last spring, the Laptop Advisory Commitee was faced with the decision of whether or not to upgrade to Office 2007 from Office 2003. Office 2003 is unable to read Office 2007 .docx files, so if they decided to upgrade campus, transferring files could, and would likely, prove to be a challenge. Ultimately the committee decided ro move forward to get campus oriented to the new software, a decision Carol Smith, Associate CIO for Instructional and Learning Services said she was happy with in the long run.

Smith said the Office 2008 upgrade for Apple users should be available to Mac users before the end of the semester. The team is finishing up the testing phase, but the plan is to have software upgrades ready for campus before students leave in May.

The team is now faced with the dilemma of whether or not to embrace Microsoft Windows Vista for next year’s image. Smith said they haven’t made a decision yet of whether or not to upgrade, but will be finalizing that as they finalize the image.