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Windows 8

Microsoft will be releasing Windows 8 on October 26th, 2012


Microsoft will be releasing the latest version of the Windows Operating System, Windows 8, on October 26, 2012. IT Services has been testing this version of the OS since July 2012, when Microsoft release developer previews. Please see the bottom of this page for specific compatibility issues between Windows 8 and common applications used at CU Denver.

As with all new Operating Systems releases, IT Services recommends not upgrading to this product until it is clear that all software users are currently relying on, are fully stable and compatible with the new Operating System. With new Operating Systems, there are usually major changes in the OS programming and software vendors (such as Adobe) must either update or patch their existing software releases to be stable and compatible with the new Operating Systems.

As there are compatibility, stability and security concerns with all new Operating Systems that must be addressed by updates and patches by the Operating System vendor (Micrsoft) and/or software vendors (Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle/Java, etc.). IT Services will be using and testing Microsoft Windows 8 for software compatibility, stability and security issues and will begin full support of the Operating System after all major issues have been resolved or patched. Full Support includes: recommending and installing the Operating System on University computers, providing remote support for users of this Operating System via our Help Desk and release/hosting of the OS for download/use/installation on University computers maintained by non-IT Services Technology Professionals. 

UCDenver Wireless Campus Network Users: The University Xpressconnect software that connects wireless users to the secure "UCDenver" network on campus does not support Windows 8 OS Systems. As of November 2012, there is no ETA when the software will include Windows 8 Support.

University VPN Users: The University Cisco VPN Client will install on Windows 8 Sytems, however as of November 2012, there have been multiple reports of comptability and stability issues with University VPN connections running on Windows 8 Systems.

University Network Server Users: There are no known compatibility issues between Windows 8 Systems and Campus Network Resource Access of Community/Departmental File Servers/Shares. However as of November 2012, testing will continue to verify there are no major issues. There are no known major issues with Windows 8 Systems that are bound to the University Domain at this time.

PGP Encryption Software Users: As of November 2012, testing for compatiblity between Windows 8 and Symantec PGP is continuing. It is recommended that encrypted systems are not upgraded to Windows 8 and that IT Services or a Departmental LAN Admin is consulted before a Windows 8 Systems is encrypted using PGP.

Office and Adobe Software Users: There are no known compatability issues between Windows 8 and Office 2010 Applications and compatiblity testing for Adobe Products (CS5+) is continuing as of November 2012. It is strongly recommended that current Windows 7 users that rely on Adobe Creative Suite Software do not upgrade existing systems to Windows 8 until further testing and Adobe updates for Windows 8 are released.

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