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Windows 10 is compatible with most software and services provided and supported by the Service Desk and can be used by most members of the Bowdoin community without issue. There are some known compatibility issues or limitations depending on the services being used. 

IT recommends that anyone planning on moving to Windows 10 on their Bowdoin computer contact the IT Service Desk at x. 3030 to setup a time to perform this task. It is recommended that a clean install be done rather than an upgrade. If an upgrade is done, we recommend applying all current Windows updates as they become available.

Known Issues

IT is aware of the following issues with Windows 10:

  • Windows 10 comes with a new default browser, Microsoft Edge. Edge may not work with some Bowdoin services or services from website you commonly visit due to the lack of support for browser plugins such as Flash, Java and ActiveX. It is recommended that you use either Internet Explorer 11, Firefox or Chrome for these websites.
  • VPN will work with some workarounds. If you need to use VPN for Windows 10, please contact the IT Service Desk.

If additional issues arrise, this page will be updated to reflect those findings.

Compatibility Table

The tables below list most of the software and services supported by Bowdoin's IT staff. These have been tested on the current release of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. All applications listed assume the most recent version of the software available from each manufacturer.

Software

TitleWorksExceptionsDoes NOT workComments or Notes
7-ZipX   
AirMediaX   
Acrobat ProX   
Acrobat ReaderX   
Adobe Reader Plug-inX  Does not work in Edge
Adobe CCX   
Adobe CS 6X   
ArcGIS 10.3X   
CamtasiaX   
ChemBioDraw (current version)X   
EndNote X7X   

Office 2013

X   
Office 2016X   
FirefoxX   
Flash PlayerX  Does not work in Edge
Google ChromeX   
iTunesX   
Java ClientX  Does not work in Edge
KeyAccessX   
LabVIEW 2013X   
LoggerProX   
MathematicaX   
MatLab 2015a/bX   
Microsoft SQL Enterprise ManagerX   
Nvivo 10X   
Oracle FormsX   
Oracle Forms BuilderX   
PCTeXX   
Printing - Ricoh PrintersX  Newer drivers may need to be added. If having trouble, contact IT Service Desk
PuTTYX   
QuickTime PlayerX  Will not be installed on Bowdoin computers unless required. Apple discontinued product.
SAS 9.4 X Release TS1M3 or later is compatible. Edge is not a support browser for SAS
Shockwave Player  XNot supported in Windows 10
Sibelius 7X   

Sigmaplot

X   
Skype for Business (Formerly Lync)X   
SpartanX   
SPSS 22 +X   
Stat/TransferX   
StataX   
Symantec Endpoint ProtectionX   
Symantec Management AgentX   
VLCX   
VmwareX   
VPN X VPN will work but contact the IT Service Desk for assistance
XmingX   

 

Services

NameWorksExceptionsDoes NOT WorkComments or Notess
PolarisX   
Banner BRM X Firefox and IE 11 are recommended browsers
Banner INB X Requires Java plug-in. Will not work in Edge
Banner LuminisX   
Blackboard X Firefox and IE 11 are recommended browsers
BlogsX   
Cognos X Firefox and IE 11 are recommended browsers
ConfluenceX   
Dept. File ServicesX   
EnsembleX  Firefox and IE 11 are recommended
IceboxX  Firefox and IE 11 are recommended browsers
LabstatsX   
QualtricsX   
Symantec Management Console X IE 11 is a recommended browser for complete functionality
WebmailX  Firefox and IE 11 are recommended browsers
Wireless (BOWDOIN SSID)X   
Workday X Firefox or Chrome are recommended browsers