For the past six years, SJU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has been installing Windows 7 on all new PCs. Since Windows 10 was released in 2015, OIT has been hard at work testing and evaluating the operating system. At this time, we are prepared to deploy Windows 10 on employee computers.
Beginning on March 30th, 2017, newly-deployed Windows machines for SJU faculty and staff will have several key changes–the most important of which will be that they will come with Windows 10.
** Windows 10 will only be installed on new computers ordered for Faculty and Staff. We will not be accepting requests to upgrade existing computers at this time. We plan to work on upgrading labs around campus during the Summer 2017 and then publish a schedule for Faculty and Staff upgrades beginning in the Fall 2017.**
Additional software changes include:
- Microsoft Office 2016 (replaces Microsoft Office 2010)
- Microsoft Edge Web Browser (in addition to Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer)
- Built in Windows 10 applications like “Calculator”, “Photos”, “3D Builder”, and other utilities.
As with Windows 7, the process of receiving a new Windows 10 computer will involve a data transfer. This means that on the day that you schedule your installation, a technician from OIT will perform a data transfer from the old computer (typically Windows 7) to the new computer (Windows 10). In this respect, the process of receiving a new Windows 10 computer is identical to the old process. There is no change in the process of ordering, installing the computer, or transferring the data.
For the most part, and with surprisingly few exceptions, software applications that work on Windows 7, also work on Windows 10. University-wide software that is purchased and installed by OIT has been evaluated thoroughly and is confirmed to work with Windows 10. OIT cannot guarantee that software installed directly by the user will be compatible. If you discover that an application you have downloaded and installed without the assistance of OIT does not work with Windows 10, you will need to reach out to the software vendor to determine the correct course of action.
Windows 7 security updates will be supported by Microsoft until at least 2020. This means that when our computer replacement cycle completes, our conversion to Windows 10 will coincide with Microsoft’s stated end-of-support date for Windows 7.
If you have any questions about Windows 10, please contact the TSC.