The ITSS Lab Team plans to migrate PC teaching labs to the Windows 2000 operating system for Fall 2001. We're asking UMD's faculty and staff to help test usability of the software they use each day while running on Windows 2000.

While we anticipate major gains in stability and security, we also recognize that there may be problems with individual software packages running under the new operating system.

We will be sending out survey forms to department heads via campus mail this week. Please distribute this survey to any of the faculty and staff in your department who use the PC teaching labs so that we can determine which software packages are a necessary part of this migration. Also, please help us gather this information in a timely manner by collecting and returning all completed surveys no later than March 23, 2001.

Faculty and staff who plan to use the PC teaching labs are responsible for testing and verifying that all necessary functions and features of a given software package will work under Windows 2000. A test machine running Windows 2000 and all of the current lab software is available in the Learning Technology Center (Library 113). This room is open and available during regular Library hours, including evenings and
weekends. Please complete all software testing no later than April 12, 2001. Thank you for helping us to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Note that the survey includes all software currently available in our PC teaching labs. ITSS will consider buying new software packages as well. Please use our web form to request new software.

In conclusion, we are asking you and your faculty for two things:
- A completed survey returned by March 23.
- Testing of required features and functions of the software used in your program by April 12, 2001.

Anyone that has questions may direct them to Jason Davis, Computer Lab Coordinator, via phone (ext.8782) or email (jdavis).

Thank you very much for your help.


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