Support for Windows 7/8 ending next year

Beginning in January 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7 with continued security updates. At that time, Michigan Tech IT will remove all Windows 7/8 PCs from the Michigan Tech network.

If you currently have a Windows 7 or 8 PC, you will need to move to Windows 10 by January 1, 2020. Depending on the age of your current computer, hardware upgrades or computer replacement may be required.  We would be happy to assist you in understanding what is required for your specific situation and what needs to happen for this upgrade to occur.

We can help. If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 7-1111.

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
  • June 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).

Don’t be tricked by gift card scammers

Michigan Tech and other universities have seen an increase in gift card scams. These scams have become more and more common on campus.

What the scam sequence might look like:

  1. You receive a message that appears to be from a coworker or associate.
  2. The message asks if you are available to do something for the sender.
  3. By replying, you will likely receive a second message.
  4. This one will claim that the sender is busy and can only be contacted by email.
  5. The sender (scammer) will ask you to do something for them. (This often includes purchasing gift cards or initiating a wire transfer for the scammer).

As with phishing, you are your best advocate; be diligent and protect yourself. Make sure to look at the sender’s email address. If it seems suspicious, it probably is. When in doubt, reach out to Michigan Tech IT.

We can help. If you have any questions, contact us at or call 7-1111.