Category Archives: Computing on Campus

Upcoming Upgrades–Microsoft Office 2019 and Windows 10

Michigan Tech will be upgrading on-domain systems to Microsoft 2019 this year. The first necessary phase is to get all systems on Office 2016 so that the transition to Office 2019 will be less disruptive.

Please keep in mind that Office 2019 is not compatible with Windows 7. The campus is currently transitioning to Windows 10; we are happy to assist with a Windows 10 upgrade.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 24, 2019—Upgrade all on-domain systems to Office 2016
  • May 2019 (after commencement)—Upgrade all on-domain systems to Office 2019
  • December 31, 2019—Finish upgrading the remaining campus systems to Windows 10

Note: Systems cannot be upgraded to Office 2019 without first being upgraded to Windows 10. There is an ongoing effort to work with departments to get their systems upgraded to Windows 10 by the end of the calendar year (2019).


Microsoft Office 2019 campus rollout—important information and timeline

Michigan Tech IT is preparing to roll out this version to campus in the upcoming months.

Useful information

  • Office 2019 is available for Mac OS and Windows 10
  • Mainstream (non-paid) support for Office 2016 ends October 2020
  • There are almost no visual differences between Office 2016 and 2019
  • Office 2019 will be 64-bit, allowing for access to more system resources during calculations.
  • Some have reported having issues in the past with files not being compatible between Office 2016 and older versions of the software. Microsoft has stated that this is not an issue with Office 2019.
  • Like students, faculty and staff have access to Office 365, which automatically updates. More information is available at our Software Download Center.
  • Office 2016 is the last version of Microsoft Office that is compatible with Windows 7

Notes

  • We strongly encourage faculty and staff who rely on Office Add-ins to get involved with the testing and let us know about your experience.
  • Installing Office 2019 will uninstall any other versions of Office installed. You cannot run multiple versions at the same time.
  • Existing Office Add-ins (Aspen, ChemDraw, JMP, Endnote, etc.) may need to be reinstalled or may stop working in Office 2019.

Timeline

November thru New Year—Early testing

Starting in mid-November, IT will make Office 2019 available to faculty and staff through the Software Center in Windows 10 and to MacOS machines running 10.12/10.13/10.14 through JAMF Self Service.  Faculty and staff with laptops or off-domain machines can contact our Help Desk Consultants to arrange a time to install the software.

January 2019

All campus-connected systems with Office versions older than 2016 will be upgraded to at least Office 2016.  All new faculty and staff computers purchased will have Office 2019 installed by default.  Office 2016 will remain in the campus computer labs throughout fall and spring semesters.

May 2019

Following Spring Commencement, campus computer labs, as well as remaining faculty and staff on-campus computers, will be upgraded to Office 2019.

Questions, comments or concerts?  We can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.


Storage Migration Update

Work is continuing to be done to migrate storage to our new system. We will be moving home directories (H: drives) over the next few weeks.

During this process, Windows computers on campus will be rebooted during the following times:

  • Wednesday, July 25, 8 p.m. to midnight
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 8 p.m. to midnight
  • Sunday, Aug. 5, 8 p.m. to midnight
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8, 8 p.m. to midnight

After your home directory has been moved, your profile will be updated the first time you log in to your computer. This may take a few minutes, and you will be logged out automatically when the process is complete.

During the updates you’ll see a screen like the one below.

Updated Photo

After the process is complete, you can log in and work normally. Mac OS and Linux computer users should not notice any changes.

We can help. If you have questions or concerns, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.