August 17, 2009
The official release of the final version of Windows 7 will be available October 22. ITS is in the process of testing the new version to make sure that it is compatible with all existing software applications supported by the University.
At this point, Windows 7 is not available for campus use or support. Presently, there are no ITS supported software applications that are dependent on Window 7. In addition, due to the increased hardware requirements, some computers on campus will not run Windows 7. Once ITS is ready to support Windows 7, and the campus has been provided training opportunities, ITS will use a phase-in process by implementing it through the new computer installation process.
There are no plans to perform upgrades on existing systems. An upgrade to Windows 7 will require the system to be erased and Windows 7 installed on a blank hard drive, so the process will take about the same amount of time as a new computer installation. ITS will continue to fully support Windows XP as long as a computer is still supported according to our hardware replacement schedule.
You can find more in depth information on the new version at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx
Just a few of the advantages include:
- New taskbar, a more icon-based interface is available. As you hover the mouse over each item, a preview of the open window(s) for that application appears.
- Libraries are added, which allow the ability to gather pictures that may be stored in several places on the computer into one 'library,' so they can be viewed at the same time.
- Internet Explorer 8 is included with Windows 7.
- Device Manager is added, which provides an easier interface for things like cameras and scanners that get plugged into the computer.
- Updates are available in the background that improves application compatibility, security, and network management.
- Allows use of the 64 bit version of Windows 7, so more memory is devoted to the operating system and is used more efficiently.
Plans are being made to provide seminars for the Windows 7 operating system and IE version 8. There will be an announcement soon as to when the seminars will begin. The usual instructor-led format will be used for delivery of these seminars, but also on-line tutorials will be provided. The ITS Self-Service Help system has already been updated with new titles for supporting Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8.
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