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Microsoft Office versions set to retire on Oct. 13

Support for Office 2016 for Mac and Office 2010 for Windows will end on Oct. 13, 2020. Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes, or security updates. You can still use these versions, but you may encounter performance or reliability issues over time.

Starting on Oct. 13, 2020, only these versions of Office will be supported for connecting to Office 365 (and Microsoft 365) services:

  • Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (previously named Office 365 ProPlus)
  • Microsoft 365 Apps for business (previously named Office 365 Business)
  • Office 2019, such as Office Professional Plus 2019
  • Office 2016, such as Office Standard 2016

For more information on related Office client support timelines, see the Microsoft 365 and Office system requirements matrix.

Additional information:

K-State’s Windows Software Update Service

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Make it easy to keep your computer safe with K-State’s Windows Software Update Service (WSUS). You can use WSUS to deploy and manage the distribution of the latest Microsoft product updates to K-State computers running Microsoft Windows. This service is only for K-State owned computers, and will only apply critical/security patches.

A patch is a small piece of software designed to mitigate risks or upgrade/update software. Security patches are designed to patch security holes that cause vulnerabilities within software. It is crucial for K-State’s computers to always be up-to-date on all critical/security patches so we are not vulnerable to malware attacks like the WannaCry ransomware attack that occurred in May.

The focus now is on reducing/eliminating unpatched University-owned systems and unpatched systems using the VPN to tunnel into campus. This will minimize the negative impact if a system is brought onto campus, becomes infected, and spreads the malware. ITS will continue to scan the network and block machines.

To setup WSUS, follow these step-by-step instructions. Setup will only take a couple of minutes.

If you need assistance contact your technical support staff or the IT Help Desk 785-532-7722.

Adobe enterprise license renewed for K-State computers

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Add a little color to your courses or a pop to your presentations with Adobe Creative Cloud! Information Technology Services is continuing the Adobe Enterprise license agreement Aug. 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017. Continue reading “Adobe enterprise license renewed for K-State computers”

Grad students: More ETDR walk-in clinics this week; less ETDR support on April 22 deadline

Limited ETDR support is available on Friday, April 22. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in one of the walk-in clinics scheduled earlier in the week. Here’s the full schedule of ETDR walk-in help clinics the week of April 18-22:

  • Tue, April 19 — 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 301A Hale Library
  • Wed, April 20 — 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 301A Hale Library
  • Wed, April 20 — 1-5 p.m., 407 Hale Library
  • Thu, April 21 — 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 301A Hale Library
  • Fri, April 22 — 1-5 p.m., 407 Hale Library

Walk-in clinics are the fastest way to get ETDR help and answers.  Although requests for individual, one-on-one meetings can be made via the ETDR Request Form (and may be necessary for distance students), the usual 24- to 48-hour response time may hinder students who need faster answers during the deadline week of April 18-22.

Top resources during ETDR submission deadlines

1. Graduation and ETDR submission checklist (plus deadlines)

2. Convert your ETDR to PDF

3. Select keywords and subject categories (tip: write them down).  See the Guidelines for selecting keywords, and also the List of ProQuest subject categories.

4. Submit your ETDR to K-REx for Graduate School review.  Watch the new 7-minute video of the K-REx submission process.

5. Doctoral students only: Submit your dissertation to ProQuest

Yammer to be integrated with Office 365

Microsoft will begin releasing Yammer, K-State’s private social network, into Office 365 beginning April 1. Typically, when a new application is integrated into Office 365, the process takes several weeks before everyone has access to it. Once Yammer is available in your account, you will open Yammer from your Office 365 App Launcher.

Yammer in Office 365 app launcherAccording to Microsoft’s announcement, our free version will be integrated into Office 365 which means all groups, networks, and existing conversations should be available in Office 365 when the implementation is complete.

If you have any questions, email Cathy Rodriguez (cathyr@k-state.edu).

Grad students: Use ETDR writing template to save time, avoid problems

All K-State graduate students are required to submit their electronic thesis, dissertation, or report (ETDR) as part of the K-State graduation process. Some struggle with this process. The lucky ones have friends or colleagues who told them to start using a K-State ETDR template as soon as they begin writing. Because the sooner an ETDR writing template is used, the more it saves time and helps avoid formatting errors.

Stop by the new ETDR walk-in help sessions offered this semester: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday, Feb. 3-April 20, in 301A Hale Library.  Or make an appointment with an ETDR consultant by submitting an ETDR Request Form (requires eID and password).

Did you know you can install Microsoft Office for free on your personal devices?

All K-State students and faculty/staff can get the full Microsoft Office suite for free, as part of the university’s Office 365 site license.K-State faculty, staff, and students get Microsoft Office for free

Known as Office 365 ProPlus, the suite provides both desktop and mobile app versions of Microsoft Office.  It is for personal use and can be installed on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five phones.

Continue reading “Did you know you can install Microsoft Office for free on your personal devices?”

IT Tools and resources to help you organize, connect and collaborate

How do you stay on top of your game all semester long? Many options are available to you for free, including Office 365 online apps, OneDrive storage space, Zoom audio and video conferencing, and select software.  Continue reading “IT Tools and resources to help you organize, connect and collaborate”

OneDrive for Business training now available

This past spring Information Technology Services rolled out OneDrive for Business to the campus community. This is a service that enables you to access data stored in OneDrive for Business from multiple devices as well as through a web browser. Many are interested in the sharing capabilities that this services brings and there are a lot of questions around how best to use and access all of the features.

Throughout the summer and into the fall, Information Technology Services will be providing training opportunities via Zoom covering the features and usage options of OneDrive for Business.

The initial round of Zoom-based training are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Additional training will be offered over the next several months so keep an eye on K-State Today for announcements on new dates.

Microsoft Lync becoming Skype for Business

In April, Microsoft began the transition of their Lync product to Skype for Business. Over the next several months, Microsoft will be updating their Lync applications to reflect the new Skype for Business name.

Along with the renaming of Lync, Microsoft has started to make changes to the look and feel of the Skype for Business applications to bring the end user experience more in line with other Skype products. At this time, the Lync application that is installed as a part of Office 2013 for Windows has been updated.

The week of May 4, K-State will be transitioning the Lync service that is a part of Office 365 to the new Skype for Business branding. The only change that the campus community will see is the Skype for Business branding and a new user interface when Office 2013 is updated with the latest Microsoft patches. As Microsoft updates their other Lync applications, K-Staters will see Skype for Business replace the Lync applications.

For more information on Skype for Business, see Discover Skype for Business and Lync is now Skype for Business.