If you wish to install or use Windows 8 on a PC that you administer, please send us a note via the Trouble Report requesting access to the Windows 8 OS, and we will work on getting this to you. Note that some of the caveats listed below may still apply to you.
If you are using an ECN-supported PC (that we administer and install software on), please read on.
ECN's User and Desktop Services group does not foresee migrating to Windows 8 in the near future for the following reasons:
Internet Explorer: Internet Explorer version 10, included in Windows 8, is not yet certified as compatible with several widely-used Purdue web sites.
Continued software compatibility: We will need to wait for most major software vendors to update their products for full Windows 8 compatibility before we can move beyond Windows 7 as our enterprise operating system.
Network infrastructure: Currently, several of ECN's Active Directory administration tools are not Windows 8-ready.
Windows 7 is the University's current operating system. Faculty and staff who opt to purchase desktop and/or laptop models which require the use of Windows 8 (or Windows RT; see below) should note that such models will have limited support.
- ITaP's statement regarding Windows 8, https://www.itap.purdue.edu/newsroom/news/purdue_it.html
Windows RT vs. Windows 8: Not the same
Windows RT is a variant of the Windows operating system designed to run only on mobile devices with ARM-based processors. Windows RT will not run software written for traditional Windows versions like Windows 7. (This is true for both the original Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1.) Although Windows RT is cosmetically similar to Windows 8, software written for one is incompatible with the other.
Tablet models which run only Windows RT include Microsoft's Surface and Surface 2. These models are built around ARM-based processors.
Microsoft's Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablet models run Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1); the hardware is built around Intel processors. These models should be able to run software written for traditional Windows versions like Windows 7 -- but your mileage may vary.
Windows RT is not compatible with ECN e-mail. If your mailbox is on an ECN server, please be advised that the Mail app in Windows RT is not compatible with ECN's e-mail services. ECN's mail servers require a specific "IMAP Path Prefix" setting, but the Mail app in Windows RT 8.0 and RT 8.1 has no ability to set this variable. The app will not display the contents of your inbox.
If your mailbox is on ITaP's Microsoft Exchange server, Windows RT's Mail app might work for you. Please check ITaP's GoldAnswers to see if documentation is available.
Windows 8's native Mail app is not compatible with ECN e-mail. The touch-based Mail app in Windows 8's Start screen is the same as Windows RT's Mail app -- so, as noted above, it is not compatible with ECN's e-mail services. But since Windows 8 (and 8.1) can run software written for traditional Windows versions like Windows 7, you may download and use a free e-mail client such as Mozilla Thunderbird on tablets like Microsoft's Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2.
- ITaP's documentation for connecting to PAL3.0 in Windows 8, https://support.purdue.edu/goldanswers/221189
- ITaP's documentation for connecting to Purdue's Virtual Private Network in Windows 8, https://support.purdue.edu/goldanswers/221401
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