UNH CIS Signals
Welcome to Signals

Windows Vista & Office 2007 Information

Donna McNamara

Windows computers that are sold now may come installed with the new Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. Some of the applications that you currently use may not be compatible with Vista. The Microsoft OEM license for Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate have “down-grade” rights to an earlier version of the operating system, Windows XP Professional.

If you are planning to purchase a computer that comes with Vista through the UNH Computer Store, the Computer Service Center (CSC) can install Windows XP Professional as part of the PDNC process if you choose to “down-grade.” UNH clients who use Enterprise Computing applications (such as those listed below) should not upgrade to Vista until these applications are supported by the vendors and CIS tested. CIS will keep these clients apprised of progress. Later, when you decide to upgrade to Vista, theCSC can help you with this installation for a small fee. If you purchase your computer from another vendor please contact the CIS Help Desk, 862-4242, to make arrangements with the CSC for this service.

Microsoft released Vista before many application vendors were able to develop Vista-compatible versions of their computer programs. Please check with your vendor to make sure your program is compatible with Microsoft Vista prior to installation.

A list of Enterprise Computing applications currently NOT supported for IE7 or Vista is included below. The status of applications on this list will be updated as these applications become compliant and CIS completes testing:

• Banner Student Information System
• Banner Finance
• Banner HR
• Business Objects WebIntelligence
• FAMIS
• InfoEd
• Kronos
• Xtender
• Exlibris

Microsoft also released Office 2007 and it is available to purchase. This new version of Office uses a new file format called Office XML. You can open files created in earlier versions of Office and save them with the new file format. However, if you run Office 2007 and are sharing files with others you need to be aware of compatibility issues. If you share documents with others who are not using Office 2007, you will need to save your files in the binary file format of the earlier versions of Office by choosing the Save As command and select Other File Formats. Or, the recipient (who is not using Office 2007) of a document created in Office 2007 will be able to open the new format by downloading the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for 2007 Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint File Formats from Microsoft’s website.

Microsoft currently does not have a file converter for Macintosh clients. A Macintosh converter is due to be released in Spring of 2007. Until then if you are sharing files with someone please ask other users to save their documents as Word/Excel/PowerPoint 97-2003 document.

For more information on Vista and Office 2007 please visit http://cis.unh.edu/vista .