Information Technology Services (ITS) at the College of Medicine – Tucson has started a project to upgrade the remaining university-owned computers that are currently running Windows 7. Microsoft will be ending support for this operating system on January 14, 2020, and it is our goal to be operating completely on Windows 10 by this date.
Windows 10 was released in July 2015, and has been available at the College of Medicine – Tucson since 2017. Currently, approximately 67 percent of computers at our college are already running Windows 10, including all classrooms and labs that are either owned or managed by College of Medicine ITS.
When Microsoft ends support, they will no longer release security updates for Windows 7. Because any new vulnerabilities will not be patched by Microsoft, these workstations must be removed from the university network due to non-compliance with University of Arizona Information Security Policies.
ITS does recognize that certain departments may have old software or hardware that is not compatible with Windows 10. We encourage you to contact us to discuss upgrade options as soon as possible. If there is a business case for a particular computer to remain on an earlier version of Windows after Microsoft ends support for the operating system, we will need to get an exception approval from the UA - Information Security Office and the computer will need to be removed from the general campus network for security reasons.
There will be a lot to do over the next few months to ensure a successful transition, and we are grateful for your patience and support. Please visit our website at https://medicine.arizona.edu/faculty-staff/offices/information-technolog... if you are interested in learning more about this project.