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Windows 8 Enterprise at UW

Microsoft officially released its latest operating system, Windows 8, on Friday, Oct. 26th, 2012. Computer manufacturers may ship new computers with Windows 8 installed. While Windows 8 may have some advantages over older Windows operating systems we are asking users to wait before upgrading to 8.

These pages will provide UW customers with information about the current state of Information Technology’s evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise.

We invite readers to review the links below to understand IT’s position regarding Windows 8 Enterprise. Because the latest operating system cannot be fully supported at UW at this time, IT will continue to install and support Windows 7.

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It is expected that new releases of various software applications will be required before IT can support 8 on university computers. In addition, departmentally-supported software will need to be evaluated for its compatibility and functionality with 8. Some software vendors do not yet support their software running on Windows 8.


Software Compatibility

Moving the University community and University systems to the Windows 8 platform will require changes. Testing of anti-virus, VPN, Adobe, Office, firewall, statistical and other administrative applications will take place before full support can be considered. New releases of various software applications may be required before IT can support 8 on University computers.

We already know that UW’s current version of Microsoft Forefront Client Security antivirus software isn’t supported on Windows 8. IT will upgrade the antivirus to Forefront Endpoint Protection by the Fall of 2013.

UW licensed software compatibility chart

Microsoft Software Compatible with Windows 8
Office 2010 Suites YES
Office Enterprise 2007 YES
Office 2003 Professional NO
Office 2000 Professional NO
Office XP 2002 Professional NO
Office Sharepoint Workspace 2010 YES
Office Sharepoint Designer 2007 YES
Lync 2010 YES
Office Communicator 2007 R2 YES
Expression Web v. 1-4 YES
FrontPage 2003 NO
Visio 2010 YES
Visio 2007 YES
Visio 2003 NO
Adobe Software Compatible with Windows 8
Adobe Acrobat Pro X YES
Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 YES
Adobe Acrobat Standard 9 YES
Adobe CS5 Design Std/Prem YES
Adobe CS4 Design Std/Prem YES
Illustrator CS3-CS5 YES
Indesign CS3-CS5 YES
Photoshop CS4-CS6 YES
Photoshop Elements v. 7-11 YES
Illustrator CS2 NO
Indesign CS2 NO
Photoshop CS2 NO
GoLive CS2 Info Coming Soon/NO
Adobe Flash Player 9-10 YES
Adobe Reader 9-10 YES
Antivirus Software Compatible with Windows 8
Forefront Endpoint YES
Forefront Client Security NO
Connectivity Software Compatible with Windows 8
Exceed 14 YES
Exceed 2008 YES
Juniper Network Connect/VPN v. 6-7 PARTIAL
Statistical Software Compatible with Windows 8
SPSS v.19-20 YES
Administrative Software Compatible with Windows 8
WyoWeb portal Info Coming Soon/NO
Self Service Banner (through WyoWeb) Info Coming Soon/NO
Internet Native Banner Info Coming Soon/NO
Resource25 Info Coming Soon/NO
Oracle 9i client YES
Oracle 10g client YES
Oracle 11g client YES
PeopleSoft Financials (web-based) Info Coming Soon/NO
PeopleSoft Financials (2-tier) Info Coming Soon/NO
PCS (internal project tracking system) Info Coming Soon/NO
PeopleSoft HRMS (web-based) Info Coming Soon/NO
PeopleSoft HRMS (2-tier) Info Coming Soon/NO
Visualab Info Coming Soon/NO
Discoverer Info Coming Soon/NO
Advance Info Coming Soon/NO
TouchFit Info Coming Soon/NO
Two-Factor Authentication Info Coming Soon/NO

Please reference the Web site linked below for up-to-date information on additional software compatibility.

Windows 8 Compatibility Center

Information Technology cannot confirm the accuracy of the software listed on this site. UW Software Compatibility is determined by the statements from the vendor and through IT limited of page

Departmental Purchases of Computers

All university owned computers will be eligible to upgrade to Windows 8 at no additional cost under the Microsoft Campus Agreement after it is fully supported.

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Office 2011 for Mac and Office Pro Plus 2013 are now available for download from the UW network, or checkout the media. The download and checkout software can be installed on UW-owned computers only. See MS Software for Home page for personally owned computers.

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