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Software Lifecycle

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 Big Sur

macOS 10.15 Catalina

Windows 10 (20H2)

 

macOS Mojave (10.14)

Windows 10 (1909 - 2004)

Windows 8.1

macOS High Sierra (and older)

Windows 10 (1903 or older)

Windows 7*

Productivity Applications 

Early Adoption Recommended Upgrade Soon Upgrade Now

 

Office 365*

Office Online*

G Suite*

Office 2019

Office 2016

Office 2013

Office 2011

Office 2010

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

Web Browsers 

Early Adoption Recommended Upgrade Soon Upgrade Now
 

Edge

Safari**

Chrome*

Firefox*

 

Internet Explorer 11 and older

* 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*

Outlook Online*

Outlook 2019

Outlook 2016

 

Outlook 2015

Outlook 2013

Outlook 2011

Outlook 2010

 

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