As is the case with most new operating system releases, there are initially a number of incompatibilities with commonly used applications and this is also the case with Windows 8. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) recommends upgrading only when applications that you commonly use are supported and compatible. Also, a general familiarity with the new Metro interface is strongly encouraged before upgrading to Windows 8.
Windows 8 is a radical change from past versions of Windows operating systems. The most notable change is the new Metro screen, which replaces the traditional start menu.
Metro Interface Notes and Tips:
Before upgrading, it is recommended to research and become familiar with Windows 8. An overview video of Windows 8: Learn Windows 8 in 8 minutes.
Testing of Windows 8 conducted by OIT has found incompatibilities with some campus services including PGP Whole Disk Encryption and the Cisco Virtual Private Network (VPN). If your Windows machine is encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption you should not upgrade to Windows 8 as this could result in a loss of data. OIT will continue to test compatibility with campus services and supported software and will report the results in the information below. If you wish to help us test Windows 8, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how to share your findings.
|Cisco VPN Client||Currently, Cisco VPN Client is incompatible with Windows 8.|
|PGP||Symantec has not made an official announcement regarding when they will support PGP on Windows 8, however insiders reports discuss it being available Mid-January 2013.|
|Microsoft Forefront Client Security (anitvirus)||Windows 8 does not support Forefront Client Security, as it is being replaced by System Center Endpoint Protection 2012. Windows 8 will not allow the installation of Forefront; however; System Center Endpoint Protection is available through the MSCA and can be found on the CU Services Microsoft download site.|
For a full list of Adobe compatibility visit Adobe's product operating compatibility page.
To check other software for compatibility with Windows 8, please visit Windows Compatibility Center.
|Firefox||Mozilla Firefox currently contains a large amount of bugs, mostly with the Metro application. For more information please visit Mozilla's Firefox/Windows 8 Integration page.|
|Chrome||Chrome version 22 is compatible with Windows 8.|
There are two version of IE 10, Metro and standard:
Though many of these sites did not see any issues, as with all browser upgrades incompatibility can occur.
We'll post more information about the compatibility of our services as we learn about it.