Uni of Newcastle first to adopt Windows 10 campus-wide

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 23 November, 2015

Uni of Newcastle first to adopt Windows 10 campus-wide

The University of Newcastle (UON) will become the first university in the world to adopt Windows 10 across its campuses.

The university is embarking on a project to roll out the operating system to around 10,000 devices by the end of next year.

According to UON's associate director for IT client services Ann Walters, the decision to upgrade was made following a successful pilot on 200 devices across the university.

“At UON we have the opportunity to make great strides over the next five years, and we're looking forward to leveraging Windows 10 to provide the best possible learning environment for our students," she said.

The upgrade is aimed at fostering greater collaboration across the university's multiple campuses, and is the first in a series of initiatives in this area, according to Walters.

“With 40,000 students and campuses stretching from Sydney to Tamworth and all the way to Singapore, having the best technology to enable collaboration and innovation is critical in driving productivity for both staff and students," she said.

UON aims to have the first 3000 devices updated with Windows 10 by the start of the next university year. These machines will be dedicated for student use. The remaining 7000 devices for staff will be upgraded by the end of 2016.

The university has also migrated to the cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 suite and is offering students one terabyte of OneDrive storage each.

Image courtesy of Microsoft.

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