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Software Updates

This article features Microsoft Office 2016 upgrade information, Qualtrics Survey Research usage reports, and Adobe Creative Cloud resources and licensing details. Please contact me if you'd like any additional information: or 650.7388.


Winter 2016

Issue 62, Winter 2016  This issue of the ATUS News contains information about the new ATUS Director, a TechSmith Relay upgrade, the new Digital Media Center, a new Help Desk Customer Service Portal, Office 365 collaboration improvements, software updates for Microsoft Office, Qualtrics Research Suite, and Adobe Creative Cloud, and a welcome to two new ATUS employees.

Software Updates - Adobe & Microsoft

Microsoft Office 2016 & Windows 10

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac and Windows has been released. Compatibility with all enterprise features is being tested. Faculty and staff Mac users are encouraged to update university-owned workstations due to the many improvements over Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac. Windows users can also upgrade, but the changes are not as significant.


Fall 2015

Issue 61, Fall 2015 Please read this issue of the ATUS News for timely information about upcoming technology changes and resources, including 3D printing in the STC, WordPress on campus, Windows upgrades in some classrooms and labs, Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office updates, benefits of Office_365 groups, and a new role for Kevin Dixey.

Software Updates


The IBM SPSS Statistics Academic Site License Subscription is in progress and new authorization codes will be available before the end of June. Please disregard any notices that the license will expire within 30 days. Next year, IBM SPSS Statistics 22 & 23 will be available for instruction and academic research.


Spring 2015

Issue 60, Spring 2015   Please read this issue for important technology updates including the CIIA Showcase, actions to take before leaving for summer, Windows 8.1 in computer labs, Canvas sites for Majors, exciting new Office 365 features, SPSS & Adobe software updates, new ATUS employees, and photos from a very informative Tech Tonic event. 

Software Updates

AutoDesk – Good News/Bad News

Good news from AutoDesk is a new program providing free software for academic use. Thanks to a request from Professor Dipu Gupta, Theatre Arts, Western now has an AutoDesk Academic Resource Center (ARC) account for downloading Autodesk software, including AutoCAD, for no charge!


Winter 2015

Please read this issue for important and timely technology-related updates including new Office 365 features, announcement of Tech Tonic 2015, new Canvas mobile apps, software updates including a free academic program for AutoCAD software, a new mobile device charging station in the STC, CIIA Innovative Teaching Showcase featured faculty and two new ATUS staff members. 

Fall 2014

Please read this issue for important and timely technical updates including a new Office 365 login procedure, Innovative Teaching Showcase nominations and upgrades, a variety of software updates, a new Help Desk service ticket system, Educause faculty IT survey results, ATUS staff kudos and updates. Happy Holidays!

Software Updates: Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud

Licensing for Microsoft software has changed with the transition to Office 365 and changes are also on the horizon for Adobe software. Please contact us if you have questions about these or other software or services offered by ATUS Software Services.;, 360.650.3159.


ATUS Staff Updates

ATUS Staff Updates

We have farewell, welcomes, and congratulations to share. See below for news about Rob Galbraith, Patty Bover, George Liu, Lani Farley, Josh Seyer and Andy Stoltenberg.


Photo of Rob Galbraith

Computer Lab Reservation Requests & Scheduled Software Upgrades

Please make requests for summer and fall computer lab reservations as soon as possible to get the best space possible for your needs. You can request a general university lab reservation using the Request a Reservation online form on the ATUS Computer Labs page. Also use this form to request special software to be installed. Please make special software requests for computer labs no later than finals week of the preceding quarter.


Spring 2014

Issue 57, Spring 2014 Please read this issue for important technology updates including the CIIA Showcase, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Lab Requests for Summer and Fall, New Canvas Draft State, upgrades to student use areas, digital badges, Camtasia Relay, end of Blackboard services, and actions to take if you are leaving for summer. 


Winter 2014

Issue 56, Winter 2014 Please read this issue for important technology updates including a faculty technology survey, opportunity for a summer technology grant, upcoming changes to email and other communication tools, the end of Blackboard archives, Tech Tonic 2014, the Innovative Teaching Showcase on Blended Learning, ATUS Staff Updates, and more.