University Software Standards

University Software Standards

Effective from: Jul 2020
Last Review: Jul 2020

Category Recommended Software Standard Acceptable Software Software under consideration
1. Operating System Windows 10 Enterprise Edition 64-bit Multilingual User Interface with Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese (Build Number within 18 months) Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition 32-bit (or 64-bit) Multilingual User Interface with Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
2. Office Suite Office 365 ProPlus Office 2019 Professional Plus 64-bit (or 32 bit) Edition Multilingual User Interface with Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese

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 [NB: End of Support date is April 11, 2023]

3. Document Exchange Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
4. E-mail Outlook of Office 365 ProPlus Outlook 2019
Outlook 2016
Outlook 2013
5. Scheduling Outlook of Office 365 ProPlus Outlook 2019
Outlook 2016
Outlook 2013
6. Web Browser* Microsoft Edge (or known as Microsoft Edge Legacy, which is currently the default browser on Windows 10) Chrome or Internet Explorer 11 New Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based Edge released in January 2020)
7. Web Browser add-on Adobe Flash Player latest version*, VLC media player latest version
8. Anti-virus Kaspersky Total Security for Business
9. File Compression WinRAR latest version [NB: ZIP file format is still recommended]
10. Anti-spyware Windows Defender (Pre-installed service with Windows 10) Windows Defender (Pre-installed service with 8.1)
11. Secured Shell PuTTY , WinSCP latest version*
12. Protecting digital information, Data Encryption for USB removable storage devices; and full-disk encryption for laptops Azure Information Protection (AIP) classic client Microsoft BitLocker* Microsoft BitLocker To Go*

*Remark:

  • Item 6 Web Browser
    • Microsoft announced on 17 Aug that “Microsoft 365 apps and services to end support for IE 11; End of support coming to the legacy version of Microsoft Edge“.
      • Beginning November 30, 2020, the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11.
      • Beginning August 17, 2021, the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support IE 11.
      • Microsoft will be ending support for the legacy version of the Microsoft Edge desktop app on March 9, 2021, in favor of the new Microsoft Edge.
    • The security update of IE 11 on supporting Windows 10 Builds will still be provided in line with the support of Windows 10. It just that you need to use other supported web browsers to access Microsoft 365 Apps and Services.
  • Item 7 Web Browser add-on
    • Adobe will end the support for Adobe Flash Player on 31 Dec, 2020.
  • Item 11 Secured Shell
    • is required only for users who need to use the software.
  • Item 12 Protecting digital information, Data Encryption
    • Microsoft BitLocker is recommended for users who need to handle sensitive information. BitLocker is Drive Encryption technique for OS and Fixed data drives.
    • Microsoft BitLocker To Go is BitLocker Drive Encryption for removable storage devices.

Notes on the selection of University Software Standards:

  1. Executive Summary – Adopting Software Standards in the University
  2. 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.
  3. For Electronic Filing – To read PDF documents, departments/units are recommended to install the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC which can be downloaded from Adobe website. Users need to create PDF document could purchase Adobe Acrobat DC.
  4. 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.
  5. For the software compatibility with the following campus wide applications, please refer to Tips and Getting Started guide at: