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ITS Announcement/Mac OSes, Safari, & Office Support Updates (Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016)

As previously announced, ITS will no longer be testing versions of new software on Macintosh systems running OS X, version 10.7 (Lion), and will be ending user support of this platform on August 1, 2015.

To help departments and users plan for the future, ITS is also announcing:

  • ITS's goal is to support the most current release of an operating system and the (one) previous release. This means:
    • ITS will no longer be testing versions of new software on Macintosh systems running OS X, version 10.8 (Mountain Lion), and will be ending user support of this platform on Dec. 31, 2015.
    • ITS will no longer be testing versions of new software on Macintosh systems running OS X, version 10.9 (Mavericks), and will be ending user support of this platform on Aug. 1, 2016.
  • With the support retirement of OS X 10.8, ITS support of Safari 6 will also be discontinued (Dec. 31, 2015).
  • Support for Office 2011 for the Mac will be ending for all versions of Mac OS X except for 10.9 and higher when Office 2016 is released (available July 2015 with Office 365, later in 2015 for others).

ITS recommends you upgrade your system to Mac OS X 10.9, and to version 10.10 or 10.11 if your hardware and usage demands will allow it. If you are using Mac OS X 10.8 or 10.9 on a University-owned system, contact your Local Support Partner (LSP) or the UVa Help Desk for more information.

The UVa Software Gateway provides members of the University of Virginia community site-licensed software. Software for Macintosh OS X versions higher than our lowest supported OS will still be available for downloading.

If you have questions regarding this change, please contact the UVa Help Desk.

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