Windows 8 Now Available. Students: Get It Free!

Tuesday, December 19, 2012

CSSD has completed testing of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system to determine its compatibility with University software products, enterprise services, and enterprise systems. Windows 8 is now available to students, faculty, and staff through the University's software distribution program.

Students can pick up Windows 8 at no cost at any of the campus computing labs or at 204 Bellefield Hall.

Faculty and staff members who wish to purchase Windows 8 for individual use may do so through Software Distribution Services at 204 Bellefield Hall. The cost is $115, or $5 for those who have already purchased the Microsoft home use bundle in the past year.

University departments interested in purchasing Windows 8 for departmentally owned computers may do so through Software Distribution Services. The cost is $95 per user for the Microsoft Campus Agreement (MCA), which includes Microsoft Office and Visual Studio. Departments who have already renewed their MCA will receive complimentary copies of Windows 8.

As with any new operating system release, some software applications or services may not install or work correctly with Windows 8 until new versions of those packages become available. Please refer to our compatibility matrix for detailed information about Windows 8 and its compatibility with University services and systems.

In addition, please make special note of the following:

  • Upgrading to Windows 8 may require you to uninstall your existing anti-virus software. Be sure to reinstall it immediately after upgrading. Symantec Endpoint Protection is available at no cost at My Pitt.
  • If you have trouble connecting to Wireless PittNet with Windows 8, please contact the Technology Help Desk for assistance.
  • If you use Internet Explorer 10 (which is included with Windows 8), you will need to turn on Compatibility View to use the Secure Remote Access Service.
  • The Cisco IPSec VPN client is not currently compatible with Windows 8. Contact the Technology Help Desk if you need to use this software.

If you have questions about this announcement, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357].

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