Microsoft has announced that they are dropping support for the built-in Mail and Calendar apps that come with Android, iOS 10 or older, Mac OS 10.13 or older, and IMAP/POP clients like Thunderbird, Eudora, and Pine. If you use one of these apps, you can expect to hear from OIT in the coming months about upgrading to a supported client or app.
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Ohio University is pleased to announce that Lenovo has been selected as the University’s new preferred supplier for Windows laptops, desktops and monitors. Under the new agreement, departments can purchase Lenovo devices at discounts of up to 40% through the Bobcat Depot. Lenovo replaces Dell as the University's preferred supplier.
Starting on June 2, 2019, the OHIO Generic default theme in Qualtrics will be updated to better match the university’s current web design standards. This change is purely cosmetic and requires no action on your part.
Starting May 22, 2019, OIT will enable a feature in Catmail to help you identify sensitive data like Social Security numbers in outgoing email and reduce the risk of distributing that data. Although this new feature will block emails that contain SSNs in some instances, it is still your responsibility to handle sensitive data appropriately.
At 5:00 am on May 12, 2019, OIT will finish retiring the OHIO University wi-fi network in favor of eduroam. On the odd chance that one of your devices loses wi-fi access after May 12, you can fix it by opening your wi-fi settings and choosing eduroam. When prompted to login, use your full @ohio.edu email address and your OHIO password.
If you have a copy of Windows 7 or Microsoft Office 2013 on a university-owned computer, you can expect to hear from OIT during May about upgrading to a supported version. This upgrade is necessary for several reasons. Most importantly, Windows 7 and Office 2013 are no longer receiving updates from Microsoft.
Beginning on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, faculty and staff must contact the IT Service Desk when requesting access to Finance-related systems. This change only applies to access/provisioning requests, and turnaround times will not change. The only difference will be that you will speak with an IT Service Desk technician instead of a Finance Customer Care representative. Finance Customer Care will continue to handle all other Finance-related inquiries.
On March 9, OIT will enable a security feature in Catmail called Safe Links and will release a new version of the OHIO login page that requires users to enter their full @ohio.edu email address instead of just their OHIO ID to login. Normally, we would provide several weeks’ notice for a change like this. In this case, we have chosen to accelerate the timeline to provide additional protection against a recent uptick in phishing scam attacks. Spring break represents our best opportunity to implement these measures quickly while minimizing impact on the university community.
Both changes are part of a broader campaign to enhance online communication security at Ohio University.