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Milestone progress for desktop rollout

With a much improved user experience now available on over 1200 computers across the University, the rollout of an all new desktop environment to student and teaching computers has officially passed the halfway mark.

If you use academic applications in teaching, we strongly encourage you to test your applications on the new desktop environment before the start of term. You can see the list of applications that are available so far here, and you can test them on any of the upgraded computers around the campus. 

The Durham University Desktop Environment gives users a modernised experience with Windows 10 and Office 2016. And thanks to clever software that streams applications to the computer at the time you need them, it also means you can access the applications you need on any upgraded computer around the University. So rather than having to go to a particular building to access a specific academic application, programmes are now stored and maintained centrally and can be accessed wherever you are.

To find out more about the new desktop environment including where it’s landing next, visit our website here.  

You’ll also find links to useful guidance about using Windows 10 and Office 2016, along with answers to some of the questions users have asked us such as the best way to find applications and how to access files you’d saved on the old desktop.

With almost 2,300 student and teaching computers to upgrade over the summer vacation, we’re in great stead to complete this phase of the rollout by the end of September. Focus will then switch to planning the rollout of the desktop environment to 4,000 staff computers.

The future has even more flexibility in store for staff and students, as the next phase of the New World Programme’s access project will bring flexible remote access – meaning you’ll be able to access the applications and tools you need, anywhere inside and outside of the University, on any device (subject to licensing constraints). Look out for more information on our website or by following us on Twitter or Instagram @durhamuni_cis

1200 student and teaching computers upgraded to new desktop environment

(26 Aug 2016)