Windows 7 is approaching end of life and some new PCs will only work with Windows 10. We will need to move to Windows 10 for both student-facing and staff PCs in the near future.
A project is running which has an initial focus on producing a build of Windows 10 with Office 2016 suitable for PCs in labs, including the Library and teaching spaces (tech-tables).
Updating of Staff PCs, including those used by PhD students, will be planned for next year.
Current Project Status
The new Windows 10 build has been installed on 50 PCs in the URS library. These are currently being used by students alongside the Windows 7 PCs.
Whilst Windows 7 PCs have a lot of local apps installed, the Windows 10 PCs will have fewer as Apps Anywhere becomes the standard approach for accessing software (add link to Apps A page). Only larger apps or those which cannot be packaged for Apps anywhere will be installed locally.
The original intention was to deploy Windows 10 to labs and teaching spaces, before the new September term, however due to some earlier reliability problems with the automatic deployment tools and other issues, we have had to delay delay roll-out. A 'silver lining' from the delay has meant that we can focus resources available on Apps Anywhere development, with the contingency of apps being locally available on W7 PCs as deployed last year.
Some school-owned PC labs have PCs that are more than 5 years old and these may not be able to be loaded with the Windows 10 build or there may be problems with the new way of delivering curriculum software. IT will be in contact with schools in this situation.
KEY BENEFITS OF W10 AND OFFICE 2016
Latest version of Microsoft operating system with a new generation design and improved user interface.
Latest version of Office 2016 - includes co-authoring in Word and Powerpoint, more teamwork with OneNote, simplified document sharing, smart attachments when emailing, new chart types in Excel, etc
New faster, safer browser available called Edge. However, if you don't like it, Internet Explorer and Chrome are also installed.
Testing of the new build shows improved log on times over Windows 7.
Please feel free to try out the W10 PCs and provide feedback.