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Geoffrey Duke <[log in to unmask]>
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Departmental Technology Coordinators <[log in to unmask]>
Date:
Fri, 2 Mar 2001 14:08:27 -0500
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Announcement: IT Network Standards Group inquiry into phasing out support
for obsolete versions of Microsoft Office

Dear Colleagues,

The IT Network Standards Group and Computing and Information Technology
(CIT) request your comments on plans to discontinue support for obsolete
versions of Microsoft Office and its component applications.

Proposal Summary

Actions:

 o Support for Microsoft Office version 4.x ends June 30, 2001

   This includes the old Windows 3.1 and old Mac versions of

   - Microsoft Word versions 6 and earlier
   - Microsoft Excel versions 5 and earlier
   - Microsoft PowerPoint versions

 o Support for MS Office 95 ends effective June 30, 2002

Rationale:

 o Resources from the vendors related to these application are no
   longer readily available.

 o Cost to UVM of providing support has increased.

 o Several newer versions of the operating systems have been released
   by the vendors, for which we have added support.

 o These old programs cannot open files created by the current versions

 o Consulting services are available to help plan migration to current,
   supported operating systems.

 o Reduced-cost licenses for current versions of these applications is
   available through the Microsoft Select Agreement

 o Need-based funding is available through the CAP program to help units
   offset the cost of replacing legacy hardware and software.

Geoffrey Duke will be coordinating the standards process related to this
proposal. The detailed rationale is very similar to that for retiring old
operating systems and is not repeated here.

We hope you will take a few moments to share your thoughts regarding this
proposal. Your comments don't need to be lengthy, but please share any
experiences or ideas that you think will help us in this process.

To respond, reply to this message and check the To: field. If it isn't
<[log in to unmask]>, please change it so your response goes to
Standards Group's forum.

Thank you for your time and helpful feedback. Communications about this
Standards Inquiry are conducted on the open it-standards listserv, with
archives at <http://list.uvm.edu/archives/it-standards.html>.

For the IT Network Standards Group,

--Geoff

Geoffrey Duke, Computing Analyst II
Computing & Information Technology
Coordinator, IT Network Standards Group
<http://www.uvm.edu/itnetwork/standcom/>

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