Software Lifecycle

Last Updated: 03/03/2021

Overview

Software applications are rapidly changing in the IT world and, as such, have an associated life cycle. OIT provides the software guide below with the following phases:

  1. Early Adoption: Software that is either in a limited release state or released with some underlying compatibility issues.
  2. Recommended: Applications that have been thoroughly tested and are endorsed for use by OIT.
  3. Upgrade Soon: Applications that have been released for some time and generally function well. Some compatibility issues may exist with new applications.
  4. Upgrade Now: Software needs to be upgraded, has many security vulnerabilities, and is no longer supported by vendors.

*Please Note: Operating systems and software recommendations below do not directly correlate to what is supported by OIT. Please visit the Supported Software and Hardware page for more information.

Operating Systems

Early Adoption Recommended Upgrade Soon Upgrade Now

macOS 11.0 Big Sur

macOS 10.15 CatalinaMAC

Windows 10 (20H2)Windows

 

macOS Mojave (10.14)MAC

Windows 10 (1909 - 2004)Windows

Windows 8.1Windows

macOS High Sierra (and older)MAC

Windows 10 (1903 or older)Windows

Windows 7*Windows

Productivity Applications

Early Adoption Recommended Upgrade Soon Upgrade Now

 

Office 365*WindowsMAC

Office Online*Windows MACLinux

G Suite*Windows MACLinux

Office 2019 WindowsMAC

Office 2016WindowsMAC

Office 2013Windows

Office 2011MAC

Office 2010Windows

* CULoginName@colorado.edu and IdentiKey password credentials are required to log in and download software.

Web Browsers

Early Adoption Recommended Upgrade Soon Upgrade Now
 

EdgeWindows

Safari**MAC

Chrome*Windows MACLinux

Firefox*Windows MACLinux

 

Internet Explorer 11 and olderWindows

* Most up to date browser version
** Apple applications (e.g. Safari) come pre-installed with a particular Mac OS X version.

Email & Calendar

Early Adoption Recommended Upgrade Soon Upgrade Now

 

Outlook 365*WindowsMAC

Outlook Online*Windows MACLinux

Outlook 2019 WindowsMAC

Outlook 2016WindowsMAC

 

Outlook 2015MAC

Outlook 2013Windows

Outlook 2011MAC

Outlook 2010Windows

 

* CULoginName@colorado.edu and IdentiKey password credentials are required to log in and download software.