Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows will be available as a free upgrade for IC faculty and staff members to install on their college-owned computers running Windows starting Monday, April 2, 2012.
Microsoft Office 2010 is a suite of productivity software for Windows that includes the following programs:
- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access (all fully supported by ITS)
- Messenger, Outlook, Publisher (minimal Level 1 support from ITS, but included as part of the Microsoft Campus Agreement)
Office 2010 is the latest productivity suite of software from Microsoft. It replaces Office 2007. Office 2007 is currently part of the IC software bundle. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to upgrade their college-owned computers running Windows to Office 2010. ITS provides an installer and instructions for faculty and staff members to use to do this upgrade on their own. This upgrade is only available for college-owned computers running Windows. Those users with computers running MacOSX should upgrade to Office 2011. If you are upgrading a laptop, use the wired network, not the wireless network, to run the installer.
Office 2010 and 2007 files are backward- and forward-compatible. In other words, those users running Office 2007 may open, use, and save files created with Office 2010 and vice versa. The "Save as PDF" option in Office 2010 allows users to save files in PDF (Portable Document Format). Users who require advanced functionality, however -- such as the ability to edit, combine, or apply restrictions to PDF files -- are advised to purchase Adobe Acrobat Professional.
Compatibility with Other Applications
ITS has verified Office 2010 compatibility with the mainstream software used on campus, but for other specialty applications that interact with Microsoft Office in some way, users should check with the manufacturer of the application to confirm its compatibility with the new version. If you have any concerns about how this upgrade might impact other systems you use (e.g., Parnassus, Oracle Discoverer) please contact the ITS Helpdesk by calling 607-274-1000 or sending e-mail to email@example.com.
Office 2010 includes interface changes across all applications, such as the addition of the File tab. Individual applications also have been enhanced with new features, such as PowerPivots in Excel and the macro builder in Access.
All college-owned computers that are included in the Technology Renewal program meet or exceed the system requirements for running Office 2010.
IC faculty and staff members will be able to obtain and use the Microsoft Office 2010 installer starting Monday, April 2, 2012. The self-service upgrade may take up to 60 minutes to complete. Make sure your computer is connected directly to the campus wired network. Do not perform the upgrade using a wireless or home Internet connection. Office 2007 does not need to be removed prior to the upgrade. Only one version of Office should be installed on a computer.
To install the upgrade to Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows, follow the steps in the Office 2010 Installation Guide. Before you install the upgrade, please note the following important points (also covered in the installation guide):
- make sure your computer has been migrated to Active Directory before you install the upgrade
- remove the Get Started tabs before installing Office 2010 (steps are in the guide)
- use your IC Netpass username and password to access the installer
Faculty members should be aware that Office 2010 will be installed in labs and eClassrooms during Summer 2012. Faculty should therefore plan to upgrade before the fall semester to allow time to become comfortable with the new interface and features.
The Office 2010 software upgrade option is not available to students. The college's campus agreement with Microsoft only covers college-owned computers.
Office 2010 is substantially different from the current version. Here are some resources to help you understand what to expect with the new version:
- Register for a What's New in Office 2010 for Windows training session offered by the TLC for an overview of the differences between Office 2007 and 2010
- Review the major new features in the What's New in Microsoft Office 2010 quick guide (pdf)
- Visit the Microsoft Office support site for online documentation, tutorials, forums, and more
- Register for introductory training sessions on Excel 2010, Word 2010, and PowerPoint 2010 using the TLC workshops list or the weekly training schedule
Users who are not ready to upgrade yet will have until December 2012 to do so. After that date, Office 2007 will no longer be supported or installed by ITS, except for cases where the user is unable to upgrade due to a technical issue.
If you have any questions about the upgrade to Microsoft Office 2010, please contact the ITS Helpdesk by calling 607-274-1000 or sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.