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FAQ about Windows 10 and Office 2016 at Edmonds College

Posted on 3/4/16

Which computers will be impacted?

MS Windows 10 and MS Office 2016 will be installed in the ACS-supported student wired computer labs that contain PCs. These areas include:

  • ALD 101, 102, 103, 104, 105
  • BRI 207, 282, 286, 287
  • LYN (Library) 301, 303
  • MLT 159, 210, 212
  • MUK all student labs
  • SNH 104, 110, 219, 220
  • WWY 101

The Mac labs are not impacted by this upgrade.

When will the move occur?

The installation of MS Windows 10 and MS Office 2016 will take place over the break between Summer Quarter 2016 and Fall Quarter 2016 (8/26/16 - 9/16/16).

Will the entire campus go to MS Windows 10 & MS Office 2016?

Right now there is no compelling need for the entire campus (including employee computers) to make the move to MS Windows 10 and MS Office 2016. Instructional Leadership made the decision to make the move in the ACS labs because textbook publishers and many on-line resources for students have already moved to MS Office 2016. Also many students were making the move on their own computers. Upgrades for employee computers will be made on a case-by-case basis.

What about instructor stations in classrooms?

Mediated Classroom Design and Support (MCDS) will begin the process of updating instructor stations in mediated classrooms during the break between Summer Quarter 2016 and Fall Quarter 2016. Due to the age of some equipment, this process may not be complete for all instructor stations by the beginning of Fall Quarter 2016. We do not expect compatibility issues between the different versions of MS Office.

What if I need MS Windows 10 & MS Office 2016 on my office computer?

If you will be teaching in labs with MS Windows 10 & MS Office 2016, need to prepare instructional material with MS Windows 10 & MS Office 2016, or will be supporting students who will use MS Windows 10 & MS Office 2016 please contact the Help Desk (x1234, to have MS Windows10 and/or MS Office 2016 installed on your office computer.

Where can staff and faculty get MS Windows 10 & MS Office 2016 for home use?

Unfortunately our Microsoft licensing agreement does not cover operating systems for home use. If you need MS Office 2016 for your home computer you can download it through MS Office 365 (see below for more info) or contact the Help Desk (x1234,

Where can I see MS Windows 10 & MS Office 2016 in action?

Starting Spring Quarter 2016, you may test MS Windows 10 and MS Office 2016 in the following locations:

  • TRC (LYN 207) - During Spring Quarter 2016 the TRC will have a few computers running Windows 10 and MS Office 2016.
  • The MLT 212 computer lab will have a few computers with MS Windows 10 and MS Office 2016.
  • Library - The Library will have a row of computers with MS Windows 10 and MS Office 2016
  • ACS will send out emails in Spring and Summer quarters to the Computer Lab Users group to invite folks to test their fall software images.

What training is available?

MS Windows 10 has an interface that looks like a cross between Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows 10 will look familiar to students! Microsoft has information available on their MS Windows 10 site and on What’s New in Windows 10.

MS Office 2016 has a very similar interface to MS Office 2013. Microsoft has plenty of great videos, tutorials, trainings, Quick Start guides and transition materials available for people making the move to MS Office 2016 available at on their Office Training Center site.

What about MS Office 365?

Anyone with an Edmonds College or EdMail account may access MS Office 365 and download MS Office 2016 products for FREE!

Office 365 Info

Office 365 Announcement

It you have any questions, please contact Jessica Wallace, Manager of Academic Computing Services at or 425-640-1105.