Is your college-owned computer already running Microsoft Office 2016? If so, you’re all set; read no further (unless you hate to miss anything!)
If you have yet to upgrade your version of Office, it’s time to seize the moment and take care of this important detail so you’ll be using the recommended version. Office 2016 is available for college-owned computers through self-service installs that can be done at your convenience. You’ll find installation instructions — and some great resource links — on our Office 2016 wiki page. If you’d like assistance or have questions about the Office upgrade process, please submit a Helpdesk ticket and we’ll be happy to lend a hand.
Reluctant to upgrade? You may be relieved to hear that you won’t need to relearn everything you already know. The main changes are a streamlined look that provides the same experience on different devices, such as phones and tablets, and better integration with OneDrive for file storage. Office 2016 is also needed so you can use Multi-Factor Authentication with Outlook.
But don’t take my word for it — check out How to Learn More about Office 2016 and convince yourself that it’s time to move on up!
Since the release of the new Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 suite, there have been many requests to install it on college-owned computers and in the public labs for teaching. We are pleased to let you know that it is now available.
Current Adobe users will need to remove older application versions from their college computers first, then install the new 2017 versions to maintain compatibility with our labs and other colleagues. To simplify this upgrade process, self service options are now available for both Mac and Windows college-owned machines.
Here are the upgrade steps for college-owned computers:
- Review details about how to use the self service website.
- Login at http://go.middlebury.edu/kss, click Want Software?, then click the link for Install CCUninstaller to remove all older Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
- Reboot your computer.
- Login again at http://go.middlebury.edu/kss, click Want Software?, then click the link for Install Adobe Photoshop (Indesign or Illustrator). Allow at least 15 minutes for the install to begin.
- Review details about how to find and use the Self Service utility.
- Copy the Plug-ins folder from your computer’s Application folder (e.g., /Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015/Plug-ins/) in advance, as the upgrade process may remove existing ones.
- Launch the Service Service utility.
- In the search field (top right), type 2017, then press Return to show the new offerings.
- Click the Install button to run Adobe CC Uninstall – through 2017.0 to remove all older Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
- Reboot your computer.
- Launch Self Service once again, then search for 2017.
- Click Install to run the application installers you need.
Notes: Adobe Acrobat DC will need to be re-installed if you had it before; it is available through Self Service as well.
Feel free to contact the Helpdesk during our open hours if you happen to hit any road bumps.
The ILLiad web pages will be down from 9:00 am today while we upgrade the ILLiad software to v8.7. The ILL web site will be inaccessible for only a short time, assuming all goes well with the update. If anyone has problems after 2:00 pm please contact Rachel Manning at x5498 or email@example.com for assistance.
Apple Inc. released their latest version of Mac OS X last week, version 10.7, otherwise known as Lion. There are lots of new features in Lion and a clear influence from Apple’s iOS.
Middlebury will not be moving immediately to Lion, rather we will be staying at version 10.6 for the 2011-2012 school year. Compatibility issues of older machines and applications is the main reason for not jumping immediately to the new OS. LIS will be conducting system testing over the course of the academic year and deployment is planned for the Summer of 2012. Not rushing into deploying the new OS will give Lion time to mature as an operating system, working out any bugs or “features” that may effect Middlebury.
Check Go/Lion for the latest news about Lion and Middlebury.