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Why you need to upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 7 was a great operating system but has now run its course. Microsoft has deemed its end of life to be January 2020. This means that it will no longer receive any updates causing the likelihood of rampant compatibility issues and a large security risk on campus.

Windows 10 is familiar to Windows 7 users, and provides some new features:

  • Redesigned Start menu with simplified layout and touch-screen friendly
  • Integrated search -- right in the taskbar
  • Timeline
  • Multiple Virtual Desktops
  • Redesigned Settings App makes it easier to configure your PC
  • Single sign-on (SSO) reduces the number of times you need to keep entering the same user name and password
  • The Action Center shows notifications from applications in a more streamlined way, and provides quick access to key settings

Why you need to upgrade to Office 365

You’re missing out on all the latest and greatest features of Microsoft Office and all of the new collaboration tools that allow you to be more productive.

Upgrading to Office 365 Pro Plus is a necessity for older versions of Office – such as Office 2010 and 2013.  Effective October 13, 2020, Microsoft will no longer allow older versions to connect to Office 365 services.  This means your Outlook will no longer get e-mail, and your Office apps will no longer be able to work with files in the cloud.  Office Pro Plus updates regularly, just like Windows 10 so you have access to the latest features when they become available, instead of waiting two to three years between new versions of Microsoft Office.  This allows us to get the most value out of our Office 365 Subscription.

Some of the new features of Office 365 Pro Plus released over the past few years include auto-save – when opening your files from your OneDrive or a Group, they are automatically saved as you work on them; the ability to share Office files with others, both inside and outside the organization, and collaboratively edit them at the same time in the cloud; the ability to translate documents and pictures of documents into different languages; and the ability to encrypt, classify and protect your documents so only the intended recipients can see them.

Office 365 Pro Plus as a new AI-based insights service that provides suggestions catered to the task at hand.  In Excel, Ideas helps to identify trends, patterns, and outliers in a data set—helping you analyze and understand their data in seconds.  In PowerPoint, Ideas will suggest layouts and images that can help make your presentation look professional.

Office 365 Pro Plus works best with your files on OneDrive and in Office 365 Groups.  The default save location is automatically the cloud, so your files are protected and available everywhere, anytime.  You can also open your Microsoft Office files directly from the cloud without having to sync them to your computer.

Unfortunately it is not possible to run multiple versions of Microsoft Office on the same computer; your existing version will be removed, and Office Pro Plus will be installed, and kept up-to-date automatically.


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