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University of Newcastle Newsletter

SnipITs - Issue 1 2009

Office 2007 screen shot


Welcome to 2009

IT Services will continue to build on our Services, Developments and Initiatives during 2009. Early indications show that this year will be our busiest on record.

The recruitment of a CIO is in its final stages. Applicants from a highly competitive field have been shortlisted and will be interviewed on February 10. As part of the recruitment process, applicants will also be meeting with a cross-section of key stakeholders of the University. I will be returning to my HR role at the end of March, in the meantime, we will progress the development of the IT Strategic Plan.

Ian Pike
Acting CIO

Deployment of Office 2007

During 2009, IT Services will begin deploying the most recent version of Microsoft Office (Office 2007) to Windows PCs throughout the University.

The deployment will be staged as follows:

Stage 1

All Student PCs in Computing Labs and Open Access Areas, and Lecture Theatres will be converted to Office 2007 in time for the start of Semester 1 2009.

Stage 2

Staff PCs will be converted to Office 2007 on request.  It is anticipated that Academics  who require Office 2007 for preparation of coursework will be the first to request installation. It should be noted that Office 2007 has some major changes from Office 2003 and that it may take some time to adjust to the new look and feel.

To request Office 2007, staff should:
- go to the IT Service Portal at
- login to Self Service
- from the Quick Picks list on the right hand side of the screen, select Install Office 2007 and enter required details.

Stage 3

From Mid 2009, Office 2007 will be included in the Managed Operating Environment (MOE) for deployment to all new staff computers.

Existing PCs in Faculty/Schools and Divisions/Departments will be systematically converted to Office 2007 from mid year.

Further Information

Office 2008 will also be deployed to Mac users during 2009.

A list of Frequently asked Questions, including details of training options, can be found at

If you have any additional questions, contact the 17triplezero IT Service Desk on ext. 17000

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