August 2015

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IT has recently been aware that members of the University have been using a texting tool called Cotap. Cotap is marketed as a secure texting service for Business.

This service is not one offered or recommended by IT.  We simply do not know who has access to the data, where it is stored, and if it is made available to 3rd parties.

The University is currently piloting “Skype for Business” as a unified communications (instant messaging, video conferencing and screen sharing) application and is scoping a SMS crisis communication text tool. Members of the University should not use Cotap.

If you are interested in the pilot of Skype for Business or the crisis comms tool please contact the IT Service Desk on 0118 378 6262

King Wong (IT Business Partner)

Windows 10, the latest Microsoft operating system for PC, was released this month.

The University of Reading will not be officially supporting Windows 10 just yet.  We need time to test that all the University applications and services work smoothly on the new system.

For further information, follow this link.

IT is working on a Licence and Software Management project to create, manage and maintain an asset register of software licensed by the University and installed on various University owned devices. This will enable the University to better manage its software licences, contracts and agreements.

This project also aims to streamline processes for procuring software licences and managing renewal of contracts and agreements across schools in the University. To do this IT needs to capture information on software products that are currently installed on devices on the University network for which licences are required.

As a result, IT will be deploying Snow client to all PCs and servers in active directory. This will be an automatic deployment and will run at the background to capture the required information. It will have no impact on the performance of your PC.

For more information on the project please contact IT service desk on ITS-Help@reading.ac.uk  or 6262“.