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News Briefs: 2007

Email now requires secure settings
1.2.07: Effective Tuesday, January 2, 2007, the UMD email system requires all email programs to use secure settings for both incoming and outgoing email.
If you use UMD's WebMail (Horde), you do not need to make any changes as it already uses secure settings.
If you use Mulberry, Outlook, OSX Mail, Thunderbird, Mozilla/Netscape, Entourage, Eudora, or other programs, you need to make changes on your computer to continue to read and send email. These programs all use non-secure settings by default. If you do not make the changes, you will not have access to UMD email.
For instructions on configuring secure settings for the current versions of most commonly used email programs, see: Secure email configuration settings
Microsoft Vista upgrade
1.5.07: Microsoft's latest release of the Windows operating system, Windows Vista, is currently available to volume license buyers, which includes our annual Campus Agreement. At this time, only technical support staff have access to the Windows Vista for evaluation and testing. After the testing period, the Enterprise and Ultimate versions will be available for all University-owned computers (April, 2007).
Not all computers will be able to run Vista; many will need upgrading or replacing. Additionally, some applications and services (Novell, PeopleSoft) are not yet available for Vista. Before upgrading, customers should check Microsoft's "Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor" software tool to see whether your computer is ready for Vista.
Office 2007 for Windows available
1.5.07: Microsoft has released Office Professional 2007 and it is now available for use on University-owned computers. It may be downloaded from: UOFM Operating System Software, or you may request it on CDs by contacting the ITSS Help Desk (x8847). Office 2007 will be available to students, faculty, and staff for use on their personal computers around the first of April 2007.
Because this version of Office saves files in a very different format than previous versions, ITSS recommends that customers who routinely share files with each other should be on the same version (either Office 2003 or Office 2007).
Symantec for Vista
1.5.07: In conjunction with the release of Windows Vista, Symantec has released an upgrade of Symantec AntiVirus to run under both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista. (The version that runs on Windows NT, 2000, and XP is unchanged.) It can be downloaded for use on any University-owned computer, as well as one individual-owned computer from: Antivirus and Firewall Software.

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