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Try out the new University desktop and tell us what you think!

From Tuesday, a number of University desktops in open access rooms across the campuses will have a pilot version of the new Durham University Desktop Environment for you to try and give your feedback on. This pilot is specifically for students and your feedback will give us the opportunity to make any necessary changes before launching the desktop more widely. Read on to find out what you get and where you can try it out!

This is the start of a project to deliver a much more flexible desktop that will replace the current Networked PC Service (which you find on University machines in computer classrooms, open access rooms and the libraries). 

The pilot version of the DUDE desktop gives you:

  • An updated Windows 10 desktop
  • Access to your email
  • Access to your J: drive
  • Access to the internet
  • Access to a pilot set of applications (This will not include everything right from the start: if what you need isn’t there, let us know via the feedback form)
  • Office 2016
  • An automated feedback form so you can let us know what you think.

The most visible difference between the DUDE pilot desktop and the current NPCS desktop is that it is based on Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 2016. Longer term, DUDE has the flexibility to give you access to your applications wherever the location of the machine you’re using in the University. This will make a big difference to those of you who currently need to go to a specific departmental classroom to use a particular application: DUDE will allow you to access that application if you’re on a machine in one of the libraries, one of the open access computer rooms or anywhere else on the University campus. 

Can’t wait to try it? You need to go here!

  • CM131 (Computing and Maths building, Durham City) 4 machines
  • ER152 (Elvet Riverside, Durham City) 4 machines
  • Level 3 (Bill Bryson Library, Durham City) 8 machines 
  • Queen’s Campus Library (Queens’ Campus) 4 machines

What you need to do!

Go and try out one of the desktops in the locations above and let us know what you think. The pilot will run until the end of January and we will then schedule the roll-out of the final version later on in the year (avoiding teaching and exam periods obviously!)

To get started, all you need to do is log on with your CIS user name and password; if you want to see what the desktop looks like before you try it, or if you’re not familiar with Windows 10, take a look at where we’ve put some visuals to help you orientate yourself.

(30 Oct 2015)