September 15, 2014
Find out more about the free technology, discounts and services available to you as a UW student at the Technology Expo on September 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Visit booths from several UW units, and also from Microsoft, Tableau, Apple, Parallels and more. Enter the student drawing for a chance to win prizes like iPad Minis, an Xbox One and a Dell Venue 7 tablet. The first 1000 attendees will receive a free T-shirt.
September 14, 2014
Did you know that the UW provides popular software for its students, faculty and staff at reduced or no cost through “UWare,” thanks to licensing agreements with vendors? The UWare service is a collaboration among UW Purchasing, UW-IT and other departments to provide a cost-effective way to license and distribute widely used software such as Microsoft products, Sophos anti-virus, Matlab, Tableau and more. Learn about what software is available for download at the UWare website.
June 23, 2014
Tableau 8.2, released June 19, is the first version of this easy-to-use data analysis visualization tool to run natively on the Mac. It provides faster loading and new map designs and supports high resolution images, letting you display large data sets and communicate information in a powerful way. Tableau is available at no cost to full-time students as well as faculty teaching with Tableau, and at a reduced cost for all other faculty and staff. Learn more. Also, faculty and staff can sign up for free Tableau workshops offered by UW-IT.
June 3, 2014
As of June 3, UW students can obtain Office 365 ProPlus under the Microsoft Student Advantage program, which provides Office applications for installation on up to five Windows or Mac computers as well as on iPads. Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions under the Student Advantage program expire when students leave the UW. Visit the UWare page in IT Connect to get more information and instructions on how to download it.
May 23, 2014
UW students, faculty and staff now have more tools at their fingertips in UW Google Apps, with three new apps recently added by UW-IT. Lucidchart is a powerful tool for making diagrams, mind maps, charts and more. Google Now is a personal assistant app that organizes important information to help you manage your day. Google Groups lets you join and participate in existing Google Group discussions.
April 11, 2014
A new Canvas App Center in the Canvas Learning Management System provides easy access to third-party tools designed to enhance the learning experience by bringing additional resources and activities into the course setting. These tools offer UW instructors single sign-on and integration with Canvas. UW-IT has reviewed the App Center listings and has only included tools that operate via a secure connection, offer customer support and function as advertised. Learn more.
April 4, 2014
Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8, and discontinuing the automatic security updates. For links to Microsoft recommendations on how to keep your Windows XP system secure and to Microsoft support, plus recommendations for securing your computer at the UW and the UW's PASS Council page on UW policies and responsibilities, see Securing Your XP System in IT Connect.
April 3, 2014
To get the most out of your software products, UW students, faculty and staff can register for spring Webinars offered by UW Professional and Organizational Development (POD). Read details about these upcoming 1.5-hour Webinars and register online: Google Docs & Drive – Advanced on April 29, Microsoft Access 2010 Techniques – Intermediate on May 14, Creating Engaging Presentations With Prezi on May 28.
March 18, 2014
UW SkyDrive Pro has been renamed UW OneDrive for Business to align with Microsoft’s rebranding of this online service for the UW community that offers file storage, collaboration and communication. If you’ve used UW SkyDrive Pro, all of your files are available on UW OneDrive for Business. Just sign in as usual.
March 11, 2014
UW faculty and staff can sign up for two free workshops on Tableau software, the UW’s enterprise data visualization platform, and learn how data can be displayed using this powerful data visualization tool. To see the possibilities, sign up for the two-hour Tableau Hands-on Introduction workshop. Then, with that background, register for the full-day hands-on Tableau Desktop Fundamentals class to learn the basic skills of creating data visualizations, including maps and geocoding. Both are offered twice a month.