Information Technology Services Centre - University Software Standards
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  • University Software Standards

    Effective from May 2016

    Category Recommended Software Standard Acceptable Software Software under consideration
    1. Operating System Windows 10 Enterprise Edition 32-bit (or 64-bit) Multilingual User Interface with Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition 32-bit (or 64-bit) Multilingual User Interface with Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese or Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 32-bit Service Pack 1 with Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese Multilingual User Interface  --
    2. Office Suite Office 2016 Professional Plus 32-bit (or 64 bit) Edition Multilingual User Interface with Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese Office 2013 Professional Plus 32-bit Edition Server Pack 1 Multilingual User Interface with Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese or Office 2010 Professional Plus 32-bit Service Pack 2 (i.e. Version 14.0.7015.1000 or greater) with Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese Language Pack  --
    3. Document Exchange Acrobat XI Pro with extended Language, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese font pack  --  --
    4. E-mail Outlook 2016 Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010  --
    5. Scheduling Exchange 2010 with Outlook 2016 Exchange 2010 with Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013
    Exchange 2007 with Outlook 2010
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    6. Web Browser Microsoft Edge with CUHK Root CA Certificate Internet Explorer 11 with CUHK Root CA Certificate Chrome Internet Explorer 11 with CUHK Root CA Certificate and HK Post Root CA Certificate for Windows 7  --
    7. Web Browser add-on Windows Media Player 12, Adobe Flash Player 20, Shockwave Player 12, VLC media player 2.2.3  --  --
    8. Anti-virus Kaspersky Total Security for Business  --  --
    9. File Compression WinRAR 5.3 [NB: ZIP file format is still recommended]  --  --
    10. Anti-spyware Windows Defender (Pre-installed service with Windows 10) Windows Defender (Pre-installed service with Windows 7 and 8.1)  --
    11. Secured Shell PuTTY 0.67, WinSCP 5.7.7  --  --
    12. LAN Client Service  -- Novell client 2 SP3 for Windows 7  --
    13. Data Encryption for USB removable storage devices; and full-disk encryption for laptops McAfee End Point Security Solution for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.  --  --


    Remark: Item 11 – 13 are required only for users who need to use the software.


    Notes on the selection of University Software Standards:

    1. For all software
      • Both Chinese and English versions are recommended depending on the actual needs of the departments/units.
      • Departments/Units are recommended to watch out for the securities patches/software updates provided by the vendors and install the critical patches when necessary. ITSC will also notify departmental LAN administrators about the critical updates of various software.
    2. For Electronic Filing – To read PDF documents, departments/units are recommended to install the latest Adobe Reader which can be downloaded from Adobe website. Users need to create PDF document could purchase Acrobat XI Pro through ITSC.
    3. For Chinese Character Set – ITSC is implementing a Supplementary Chinese Character Set for the University so that our specially created Chinese characters would be displayed correctly.
    4. For the software compatibility with the following campus wide applications, please refer to Tips and Getting Started guide at: