Windows 10 is the latest, most secure version of Windows to be released and succeeds Windows 7, which is now 9 years old and not available with new computer purchases.
Windows 10 provides seamless integration with Microsoft services like those offered through Office 365, including OneDrive for Business which offers a secure cloud based storage solution to staff and students. Windows 10 also has better integration with other aspects of the Microsoft Office suite including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
What computers have Windows 10?
ICT will be updating the majority of publicly accessible cluster computers across the College and other student facing computers to Windows 10 ready for the 2018-19 academic year. This will also include computers in lecture theatres.
As part of the Windows 10 upgrade, ICT will be changing the way software is accessed. Previously applications were installed on computers and accessible from the Start Menu, now all applications will be available from the Software Hub. This is beneficial as it means software doesn’t have to be installed directly on the machine, which frees up space, and means ICT can offer a greater range of software to staff and students.
Read our Software Hub web page for more information about this tool and how to use it on College computers and personal devices.
Computers connected to specialist equipment
Some computers that run Windows 7 (or earlier) are connected to specialist equipment that would be costly / difficult to upgrade to work with Windows 10. These areas may be excluded from this year’s build unless you specifically request an upgrade (please speak to your local ICT representative or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Windows 10 is preinstalled on all new staff computer purchases which are set up with the College build. Unfortunately Windows 10 is not yet available to all staff and not compatible with some older computers.