Microsoft released a new operating system — Windows 8 — on Oct. 26.
Information Services and Technology (IS&T) is making Windows 8 Enterprise available to faculty, staff and students for download through the Microsoft Campus Agreement (MSCA) and is providing limited support for early adopters through the IS&T Help Desk. As with previous versions of Windows, MIT departments may install IS&T-provided licenses on all MIT-owned equipment. Additionally, each MIT student is allowed to install Windows 8 on one personally owned computer.
IS&T strongly recommends that members of the MIT community wait to move to Windows 8 Enterprise. We are making the operating system available now to empower departments, labs and centers (DLCs) to decide when to migrate to Windows 8. The timing coincides with Microsoft's release of Windows 8 Enterprise to the consumer market: IS&T wants to help DLCs avoid unnecessary purchases of licenses already covered through the MSCA.
Phased support plan
IS&T will phase in support for Windows 8 Enterprise over time. Starting Oct. 30, IS&T is offering support for
- Configuring network connections (both wireless and wired);
- Activating Windows 8 Enterprise licenses on MITnet, the campus network;
- Installing MIT certificates.
As more software distributed by IS&T becomes compatible with Windows 8 Enterprise, we will increase our support for it and eventually recommend it. IS&T will continue to support other versions of Microsoft operating systems, including Windows 7 Enterprise, after we announce full support for Windows 8 Enterprise.
How to obtain
IS&T provides limited documentation for Windows 8 Enterprise on its website.