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


  • 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.


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 or 7-1111.

Cyber Security Careers—Michigan Tech Alumni

This week’s theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month is “Educating for a Career in Cyber Security.” We wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge and highlight Michigan Tech Alumni who have gone on to focus their careers in Cyber Security.

Carolyn RowlandCarolyn Rowland graduated in 1992 with a BS in Scientific and Technical Communications / CS option. She spent a few years working in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at Michigan Tech as a Unix System Administrator until she moved to Maryland to work at NIST as a Unix System Administrator with a focus on IT security. She has since become the IT Security Officer for the Engineering Laboratory at NIST while also leading a team of system administrators and software developers who specialize in software and systems security. She is also President of the Board of Directors for USENIX, which organizes two security-focused conferences annually: USENIX Security (research and academia) and Enigma (industry).

Jon Welters, Michigan Tech Alumni, at NASAJon Welters graduated from the Computer Networking and Systems Administration program in 2010. His senior project was analyzing virtualization technologies. While attending Michigan Tech, Jon took part in internships at both NASA and Los Alamos National Laboratory. After spending several years as a government contractor supporting digital forensics and incident response, Jon now serves as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at NASA Langley Research Center.

Justin Store, IT Security Architect at Michigan TechJustin Store graduated from the Computer Networking and System Administration program in 2011. His senior project involved studying mobile device security, ethical hacking, and penetration testing. After spending several years performing network and system administration, security auditing, and security consulting for Upper Peninsula credit unions, he now works for Michigan Tech as an IT Security Architect where he focuses on security engineering, auditing security controls, incident response, and forensics.

Fall 2018 Information for Students

We hope you had a great summer! Michigan Tech IT wants to update you about some changes that have occurred over the last few months.

Mandatory Profiles will now be used to improve login times and support

A User Profile in Windows contains your personal preferences and settings that are specific to the Windows Operating System. These include personalization settings like background, window colors, and icon size.

The custom user profiles continued to grow and have created long log in times. Each user having their own unique user profile makes diagnosing log in time or application issues difficult.

With the large number of applications in the computer labs, we have seen it lead to large, complicated and sometimes corrupt user profiles. Mandatory profiles will give everyone the same standard profile every login. This will eliminate the possibility of large or corrupt user profiles.

There will now be mandatory user profiles to improve login times. This will generally not affect preferences for applications like Matlab or Google Chrome since these are stored in a separate location called Application Data.

New Storage System and Home Drive Quota changes

With the new storage system, an increase in storage will be distributed to students, faculty and staff.

  • 1st/2nd yr: 4 GB
  • 3rd + 6 GB
  • Grad: 14 GB
  • Fac/Staff: 40 GB

New Knowledge Base

With the help of our customers, we’ve improved our online support center. Our new Knowledge Base (KB) has instant answers to common IT issues like printing, wireless, passwords and more. You can browse articles by category or search by keyword. For more detailed information, visit our blog post on how to use the new KB.

Remote Access to the Home Drive and the Multidrive

By moving to the new campus storage system, remote access to home drive and multidrive has changed. For updated information please review the updated instructions for Windows and Macs.

Printing Drivers

HuskyBW/Color have been upgraded. Please download the new drivers. The older drivers will work, but we’ve seen an increase in performance with the updated drivers.

Google Drive File Stream

Recommended for on-domain machines. This acts like multidrive and mounts your Google Drive on your workstation as a network drive. Filestream can be found in the Software Center on Windows machines or in Self-Service on MacOS. This is good to use to backup your machines.

Google Backup and Sync

Recommended for off-domain or personal machines. It lets you sync your Google Drive to your local computer and backs up your files to Google Drive’s unlimited storage space. MacOS machines with Self-Service can find it there. Otherwise, you can download Backup and Sync directly from Google.

Accessible Technology

Michigan Tech IT wants everyone to have access to the technology resources we provide. We follow accessible technology guidelines and procedures to make sure that individuals with visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, and other disabilities can use our technologies without barriers. Please visit the Accessible Technology website for more information. If you do encounter a technology barrier, please complete the Barrier Reporting form. If you are a student with a disability, please reach out to Student Disability Services.