New Look for Office 365

There’s a new look for Office 365 as well as some changes to the service for the Spring semester

  • New Login Page – On Sunday, February 1st, ITS will go live with a new login page.  This not only looks better than the old page, it also eliminates the bug that caused Google Chrome not to work correctly in some cases, particularly with SharePoint Online:
    New Office 365 Login Page
  • New Office Web Interface – Microsoft recently rolled out an updated look for the Office 365 web interface that’s designed to be more mobile-friendly.  This presents you with tiles for the Office Apps you have available, accessible from the upper-left corner of the screen:
    Office 365 Splash Screen
  • Office 2013/Office 365 Apps available for students – Students currently enrolled in classes have access to both the web-based version of Office applications as well as the traditional desktop versions for free.  Students can download Office by logging in to the web interface, clicking on “Office 365” at the top of the screen and clicking on the “Install now” button:Office 365 Install
  • Office 2013/Office 365 Apps available for faculty and staff – Washburn Faculty and staff now install Office apps on personal devices as well, though the process is somewhat different than it is for students.  You can find details at this previous blog post:
    http://blog.washburn.edu/technology/2014/11/23/microsoft-office-now-available-for-facultystaff-on-personal-devices/

Adobe Changing Purchasing Options for Creative Suite Products

Many of the departments on campus utilize Adobe products for their work.  A change by Adobe in how products are purchased has been set recently and is approaching quickly.  After February 28, 2015, the Adobe Creative Suite will no longer be available to purchase as stand alone one time purchase.  Adobe introduced Creative Cloud about two years ago and while they have allowed purchases for the Creative Suite, it was mentioned that in the future it would need to be a Creative Cloud purchase instead.

What does this change mean for our campus?  For one, those departments that have in the past purchased new Adobe software once every few years will now have to purchase Adobe software on a annual basis.  It has been mentioned that Acrobat Pro will continue to be available as a one-time purchase and not be part of this change. 

Adobe is offering a live webinar to discuss the changes on February 5 and 10.  You are invited to either watch in your office, home, etc., or you can join me in Bennett 102 on Thursday, February 5 at 11:00 am.  These webinars are to provide information about the changes by Adobe and what this means moving forward for purchases.

Adobe webinar details and to register be found on the Adobe Events website where you can also register for the webinar(s).  This will also be offered in Bennett 102 (details listed below) to view where I will be available for question/answer following the webinar.  The webinar will be one hour.

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Bennett Computer Center, Room 102

Any questions or comments, please contact ITS User Services at 785-670-3000 or support@washburn.edu.

 

New Employee in ITS User Services

Carl Dillman PhotoI am happy to report that Carl Dillman has been hired as a Technology Support Technician I in ITS User Services.  His first day at Washburn was on Monday, January 12.  We had him start just in time for the new semester to begin the following week.   

Carl is A+ certified in CompTIA A+ Essential hardware and Software.  His recent work experience was working as helpdesk for Westar Energy here in Topeka. 

Carl will spend the next two to three months working in Bennett Computer Center room 106 while he learns processes and procedures.  Following the training the three month training period, he will be moved to Morgan Hall as a second technician in that building.  His office will be located in Morgan Hall room 215.

Please help us welcome Carl to Washburn!