As you've no doubt heard, the campus is in the process of replacing all email services with Office 365 (see http://www.365transition.wisc.edu/). The SSCC is now tentatively scheduled to make the transition this summer. We'll have many more details for you as the date approaches, but wanted to make you aware of some key points now.
We anticipate that this will be a challenging transition, but SSCC staff are committed to working closely with DoIT staff to make it go as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at any time.
Stata 14 has been released and will be available on SSCC's servers and from the Campus Software Library shortly. We haven't had the opportunity to use it yet, but here are some of the announced features we're most excited about:
For more see http://www.stata.com/stata14/.
The SSCC requires that all accounts be renewed annually. Members of the SSCC are asked to fill out a short web form that both verifies that your account is still needed and collects some additional information we use for budgeting. Graduate students with instructional accounts are asked to simply click on a link to indicate they are still using their account. (Meanwhile, School of Education accounts in SOE-AD do not need to be renewed.) Watch for an email telling you when and how to renew your SSCC account, and please do so when it arrives: accounts that are not renewed will eventually be closed.
This year, the account renewal form for members will have some additional questions related to email. This information will help us plan the transition to Office 365.
Unfortunately, hackers have found that sending counterfeit versions of emails like our account renewal announcement is a good way to collect passwords from unwary computer users. You should be suspicious when you receive them, but here are some ways you can tell that they are legitimate:
Recent versions of Thunderbird have tried to improve the "autocomplete" feature that fills in email addresses based on what you've typed thus far. Many of us have found very short character sequences that bring up the people we email most frequently, but every time autocomplete changes, the results of typing those sequences can change as well. Be sure to double-check who you're sending messages to.