A few of the significant projects and initiatives IST currently has in process:
Microsoft has released a new version of the Windows operating system – version 8. At this time, Windows 7 will continue to be our standard operating system as we have not yet assessed Windows 8 or adjusted the University computer systems to be Windows 8 compatible. PCs being acquired should continue to have Windows 7 as the operating system to ensure they will work properly with the University’s computer systems particularly, the enterprise systems.
We have started the process of evaluating Windows 8 to determine if it should be adopted at an enterprise level. If we decide to adopt Windows 8 we will then need to work to ensure the University’s computer systems are compatible with it. This will take a considerable amount of time. The vendors of our enterprise systems have to test their systems for compatibility and make changes to programs as required. We have to test these new versions and implement them. We also have to test our own systems for compatibility and make changes as necessary. There are many systems so this is a substantial project.
We will make best efforts to ensure consumer devices running Windows 8 can connect to the University’s network. We cannot, however, provide any assurance that these devices will work with the University’s computer systems and applications.IST and the ITPC will be looking at Windows 8 again down the road.
The University of Manitoba is currently transitioning from the ANGEL learning management system to Desire2Learn (D2L). This transition will be completed by the spring of 2013. Please note:
With an ever-evolving need for connectivity from faculty, staff, and students, IST has been diligently deploying new wireless across campus.Wireless N is the newest and most current wireless technology available today. It provides a wider range and capacity to support the many users who now connect to the University’s Network.