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Posted on: February 29, 2012

(current information on Windows 8 can be found here)

Following the release of a Developer Preview in September 2011, Microsoft released a Consumer Preview (formerly called a "public beta") of Windows 8 on February 29th, 2012. Most industry...

Posted on: February 16, 2012

(current information on Mountain Lion can be found here)

OS X Mountain Lion [10.8], formally announced on February 16, 2012, is the eighth significant update to OS X, Apple's UNIX-based desktop operating system. It became available exclusively...

Posted on: July 20, 2011

OS X Lion, formally announced on June 6, 2011, is the seventh significant update to Mac OS X, Apple's UNIX-based desktop operating system. It became available exclusively from the Mac App Store on July 20, 2011, bypassing traditional distribution...

Posted on: July 1, 2011

Information Systems & Computing (ISC), in consultation with the Penn community, annually publishes recommendations for desktop computers. These recommendations reflect institutional and industry trends but do not necessarily take into account the...

Posted on: February 21, 2011

Important note: this document is designed for Local Support Providers (LSPs). This page was last modified on Tuesday, 31-Jan-2012 14:21:29 EST.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) become available through Microsoft Update on February 22nd. SP1 is...

Posted on: July 1, 2010

Information Systems & Computing (ISC), in consultation with the Penn community, annually publishes recommendations for desktop computers. These recommendations reflect institutional and industry trends but do not necessarily take into account the...

Posted on: August 28, 2009

Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard, formally announced on June 9, 2009, is the sixth significant update to Mac OS X, Apple's UNIX-based desktop operating system. It became available in stores (including the University's Computer Connection) on August 28, 2009...

Posted on: April 24, 2008

NOTE: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) is the only currently supported version of Windows Vista at the University as of Fiscal Year 2011. The below information pertains to Windows Vista SP1; a subsequent document was never produced for SP2.

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Posted on: January 1, 2008

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft plans to discontinue extended support for Windows XP. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) officially ended support for Windows XP on July 1, 2012. Windows XP users are strongly encouraged to migrate to a newer and...