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- Do I need to be familiar with both a PC and a Mac in order to use campus computers?
- Why is VSU moving from Windows XP to Windows 7, skipping Windows Vista entirely?
While Valdosta State University has some campus Mac computers, the majority of the campus consists of PC computers. Thus, it is not necessary to learn both operating systems. The Macs computer labs on campus are designed to meet the needs of users who:
- Prefer to use a Mac
- Have more familiarity with Mac OS than Windows
- Need to use software only available on a Mac
- Have a Mac at home and need to access, print or convert documents
The decision to move directly to Windows 7 was influenced by two primary factors. First, at the time we plan to migrate the campus, Windows 7 will be latest operating system released by Microsoft. As such, they may discontinue support for Windows Vista. Second, Windows Vista is more resource intensive in terms of memory and processor. Due to the fact that we hope to preserve uniformity on campus, we selected Windows 7 to allow the installation on netbooks and computers with lower memory and processing power.