Windows 8.1 Now Available to University Departments

Friday, December 6, 2013

Windows 8.1, an upgrade to Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, is now available to departments through the University's software distribution program.

University departments who currently subscribe to the Microsoft Campus Agreement may upgrade to Windows 8.1 at no cost. Software Distribution Services will send those departments the necessary software media.

Students, faculty, and staff who wish to upgrade their personal computing devices to Windows 8.1 can do so via the Store application on their desktops.

University departments interested in purchasing Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 for departmentally owned computers may do so through Software Distribution Services. The cost is $95 per user for the Microsoft Campus Agreement, which includes Microsoft Office and Visual Studio.

CSSD has tested Windows 8.1 to determine compatibility with the University's software products, enterprise services, and enterprise systems. As with any new operating system release, some software applications or services may not install or work correctly with Windows 8.1 until new versions of those packages become available. Please refer to our compatibility matrix for more information.

In addition, please make special note of the following:

  • Upgrading to Windows 8.1 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 8.1, please contact the Technology Help Desk for assistance.
  • If you use Internet Explorer 11 (which is included with Windows 8.1), you will need to turn on Compatibility View to use the Secure Remote Access Service.

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

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