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OIT Vista/Office2007 Implementation and Migration team announcement

Last month, Microsoft made available to consumers worldwide the Vista operating system and Microsoft Office 2007 software. These products offer exciting new enhancements and features to the Windows computing interface, and will replace the current University standard of Windows XP and Office 2003.

Due to the major changes and impact this will have at Princeton University, OIT has formed a Vista/Office 2007 Implementation and Migration team. At this time, OIT is in the process of testing Vista and Office 2007 on campus and is researching potential conflicts with existing Princeton systems, as well as formalizing plans for rolling out these products to campus. Until testing is completed, OIT does not recommend upgrading your Windows operating system to Vista, or your Office suite of applications to Office 2007. Support will be limited during OIT testing and integration of Vista and Office 2007 into the Princeton computing environment. Assistance to early adopters of these technologies will be on a "best effort" basis.

The most important effort now is to provide training for technical support staff. Technical training for SCAD/DCS representatives and OIT support staff will begin in March in order to provide basic support to the campus community beginning in April 2007. OIT anticipates full support will be available by mid-July.

Informative workgroup sessions for the entire campus community will begin during the first week of June, and will run three per month through the summer. Formal hands-on end user training will begin in September. Times and dates will be posted on the www.princeton.edu/training web site. Beginning in January of 2008, OIT will begin the extensive effort of upgrading all DeSC computers to Vista and Office 2007.

More information regarding this project can be found online at www.princeton.edu/vista including:

  • Hardware minimum requirements to update your current computer
  • Best effort OIT support statement for early adopters of the technology
  • Timeline for rollout to campus

If you have any questions regarding this project, please e-mail the OIT Vista/Office 2007 Implementation and Migration Team at vista@princeton.edu.