October 27, 2015

UW-IT Standard Managed Servers: Changing to CentOS Operating System Nov. 18

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To take advantage of cost savings and to adopt an operating system commonly used in commercially provided cloud products, UW-IT is changing the default Unix operating system for its Standard Managed Server service from RedHat Enterprise Linux version 6 to CentOS version 6 on November 18. The switch will not require a server reboot and will be seamless to users. Customers of UW-IT’s self-managed Standard Hosted Server service also can take advantage of CentOS, as UW-IT will offer instructions and consulting for IT staff interested in the change; contact

October 22, 2015

Upgrade to Internet Explorer Version 11

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If you use the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser, check that you are using the latest version—IE11—or upgrade to it soon (or use another supported Web browser), so you will not be at risk. On January 12, 2016, Microsoft will drop its support for older versions of IE for Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems because they can create security risks, and no longer provide security patches for those versions. If your computer is part of UW-IT’s Nebula Managed Desktop service, it will be automatically updated.

October 5, 2015

New Mobile UW Launches at; New Developer Resources

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Mobile UW makes it easy for UW students, faculty and staff to discover officially sanctioned UW applications such as Canvas, SpaceScout and One Bus Away, along with resources such as UW Libraries, Athletics and Arts. You only will see resources that make sense for your specific device—iOS, Android, Windows or desktop. In addition, a new Building Mobile Apps site provides UW developers with curated information on building mobile apps at the UW.

September 14, 2015

New MyUW for Students Now for Desktops, Too

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The new MyUW fully responsive design, with views for both desktops and mobile devices, will be rolled out to students during autumn quarter. Beginning September 15, all first-year undergraduate students logging in to MyUW will see the new desktop version; by winter quarter, all students will have access. Both desktop and mobile views provide key information, changing by the week, to help students get through the quarter. All students can view the new MyUW anytime on their mobile device. Read about the desktop rollout and watch a short video about the new MyUW.

August 11, 2015

New 2015-2016 Microsoft Campus Agreement on Software

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The UW’s Microsoft Campus Agreement is renewed until March 30, 2016, with most software still available including Office, Visio and Project. Expressions Studio is no longer published, so no longer available. Visual Studio Professional is no longer freely available (due to changes from Microsoft), and must be licensed appropriately or removed from all UW computers by October 15, 2015. However, Visual Studio will be available through DreamSpark, which provides software for academic use at no cost but with some restrictions, and otherwise available for a fee. More details.

August 8, 2015

UW Seattle Undergraduate Admissions Going Paperless for Domestic Freshmen Applications

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This summer, UW Seattle Undergraduate Admissions will begin using a new, paperless application review system for domestic freshmen arriving winter quarter 2016. The pilot of this smaller pool of applicants will help the office prepare to review the 37,000 freshmen applications (28,000 domestic) it expects to receive this fall for autumn quarter 2016. The new system, built on Dynamics CRM and Ellucian Recruiter, provides a streamlined process supported by online forms, electronic workflow and reporting dashboards, increasing efficiencies while reducing paper use. UW-IT partnered with UW Seattle Undergraduate Admissions on this effort.

August 6, 2015

New Amazon Web Services Offering for UW Now Available

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UW researchers and technical staff in need of easy-to-deploy, cost-effective computing and related services, including virtualized servers, cloud storage, databases and more, now can use UW-IT Amazon Web Services. This new cloud-based service offering provides appropriate security, privacy and compliance terms for use with UW sensitive and confidential data (protected by FERPA, FISMA, and later HIPAA). It also qualifies for the UW’s new Indirect Cost (F&A) Waiver, resulting in significantly better rates for use of cloud services by research grants, and offers a waiver for data egress fees.

July 13, 2015

UW Google Apps: New Layout/Design and Work Management Tools

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As of July 13, UW Google Apps include Lucidpress and Kerika, layout/design and work management tools. Lucidpress is a Web-based layout/design software application that includes collaboration features and a large library of templates for creating print and digital newsletters and brochures. Kerika supports work management for distributed Lean and Agile teams; it integrates with Google Drive and lets you share Kanban Boards, Scrum Boards and Whiteboards with anyone, anywhere. Learn more about Lucidpress and Kerika.

June 23, 2015

See UW's New HR/Payroll System, Workday, in New Video

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Take a peek at Workday, the UW’s new HR and payroll system coming in 2016, in a video created by the HR/Payroll Modernization project. The brief video offers a simple, fun approach to explaining the benefits of Workday. Read the most recent issue of UW@Work for details on the changes Workday will bring to UW employees, the new project timeline, changes to key design decisions, and how downstream systems and data users are being prepared to transition to the modern new system.

May 29, 2015

SharePoint: A Versatile Tool in Use at the UW

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Find out how UW departments are using UW SharePoint Online, a Microsoft Web application, to help manage large volumes of information and facilitate routine administrative tasks. Some use UW SharePoint Online’s built-in features, while others richly brand and customize their SharePoint site. Read more about how the iSchool and a School of Medicine department are using UW SharePoint Online, and get ideas about how it might help your team collaborate more productively. UW-IT can help your unit get started; just send a request to