Thank you to all the staff who contacted us about the software review this year. We've been going through the responses and preparing the software to be installed on student PCs in the next academic year.
We are now packaging and testing the new software configuration before deploying it to student computers during the summer vacation. The planned changes to the software installed on student PCs for 2013-14 are:
The following applications will be added.
Student PCs will continue to use Office 2010 (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Internet Explorer will be upgraded to version 10 and both Firefox and Chrome will be installed as alternative browsers.
We are now delivering specialist engineering software using Application Jukebox. Software provided through Application Jukebox is installed on demand when it is needed and can be kept up to date centrally by IT Services. This enables us to provide software in a more flexible manner and is a move away from the more static PC desktop that historically has been delivered on a yearly basis.
Apart from these changes, the software on student computers will be the same as the current list, although in some cases, programs will be upgraded to more recent versions.
We are hoping to upgrade the operating system on the student iMacs in the Library and Shawcross to 10.8 (Mountain Lion). No major items of software are being added or removed but Sibelius (music software) will be upgraded to version 7. For details of individual applications, see the list of software installed on student Macs.
The terms of reference contain important information about the review and how it is carried out.
If you have any questions about this year's review:
Mark on ext 2550
Updated on 10 May 2013