Information Technology

Hardware, Software & Equipment


  • Alert! Microsoft is ending support for Office 2010 on October 13. After this date, users running Office 2010 (as well as older versions, like Office 2007) will be vulnerable to security flaws that will never be fixed. All Windows users should upgrade to Office 2013 ASAP.

IT Service Desk (ITSD) supports and administers university owned desktop and laptop equipment including printers. We are certified to repair Dell, Apple computers and HP printers. A list of recommended hardware systems from Dell, Apple and HP are listed on this site. UMass Boston is a member of the U$ave program which offers educational discounts on Dell, Apple and HP products. For those who want to purchase or borrow popular software applications, ITSD offers a software distribution program for faculty and staff with some limited availability for students.


The UMass Boston IT Services Division does not recommend upgrading computers to Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.11 ("El Capitan") at this time. We are reviewing these new upgrades and have not yet tested them against all required systems and services.

In addition, Mac users should be aware that our current VPN offering does not work with Mac OS X 10.10 ("Yosemite"). We will be upgrading our VPN to fix this, but we do not have a date for the upgrade yet.