Tech Tuesday: Microsoft Vista and Office 2007

Tech Tuesday: Microsoft Vista and Office 2007

From Information Resources and Technologies

With all the buzz about Microsoft Vista, Microsoft's new operating system, and Microsoft Office 2007, the new version of Office, you may wonder when Vista and Office 2007 will appear on campus. Well, they arrived in September when students came to campus with new computers. While IRT supports connection to UST's network for student computers using Vista, planning is ongoing for the rollout to faculty and staff computers. To learn more about Vista support for students, visit the IRT Web page.

Over the summer, IRT pushed a Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack to all university PCs, allowing faculty and staff to receive and open documents created with Office 2007. The compatibility pack also allows students to move between computers in the labs and their own computers with Office 2007 with ease. The Mac compatibility pack is currently in beta form and can be installed by contacting the IRT Tech Desk or your local tech.

At this point in time, IRT recommends that faculty and staff should not move to Windows Vista and Office 2007 on university-owned equipment. IRT has tested Vista on all the "standard" software installed on every faculty and staff computer and we will continue to test discipline-specific software throughout the year. Click here to view a list of the standard software and the testing results.

Look for more information in spring semester or contact the IRT Tech Desk, (651) 962-6230.