Time to say goodbye – important technology retirements

Windows XP – retiring April 8, 2014
Microsoft has announced that support for Windows XP will end in 2014. Faculty, staff and labs currently using computers running Windows XP will need to upgrade to Windows 7 by April 8, 2014. The ITS Spring 2014 Windows 7 standard image configuration is available and offers the latest software to the Northeastern community.

Windows XP users strongly urged to upgrade to Windows 7 by early 2014
Windows XP Retirement – FAQs

Microsoft Office 2003 – retiring April 8, 2014
In conjunction with the retirement of Windows XP, Microsoft will also be saying adieu to the 10 year old version of its productivity suite. Newer versions of Microsoft Office are available – click to see more details on Office 2010 and Office 2011 for Mac.

Click here for Lynda.com tutorials on transitioning from Office 2003 to Office 2010.
ITS Training is offering several Microsoft Office classes in Spring 2014.

MacApps (Keyserver) – retiring end of the Spring 2014 term
Over the last few years Northeastern Mac users have utilized MacApps for access to university licensed applications. This service has predominately provided access to Adobe Creative Suite products. ITS is no longer allowing new users and will be phasing the system out in a few months.

Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff on Macs are strongly encouraged to upgrade to the Mac standard NUnet configuration (Top Six Benefits of a NUnet Managed Mac) as it offers all of the latest Northeastern software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro and through the Self-Service application, Adobe CS5 and CS6. For those without a NUnet imaged Macs, please call the Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) for information on how to get Adobe Acrobat Pro on your machine. ITS is in the process of establishing a method for non-NUnet imaged Mac users to gain access to Adobe products in the next few months.

Students
All ITS-managed computer labs have Adobe Creative Suite installed (both Mac and PC). Adobe Creative Cloud is also available for purchase at a discounted rate on myNEU through the Free and Discounted Software link.

AutoCAD 2009 and 2010 – retired December 2013
Both the 2009 and 2010 versions of the popular drafting and design software have been retired here at Northeastern to make room for newly available AutoCAD 2014. Faculty and staff NUnet machines along with ITS-managed computer labs currently have access to four versions AutoCAD, from 2011 through 2014.

Click here for Lynda.com tutorials on AutoCAD.

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