Software Update
Article Date: 15/08/2016


Currently, there are a number of exciting and upcoming changes that are being implemented by Information Services.  Here's some of the key updates that you'll need to know:


Modern Desktop Environment

Back in May of this year, the Modern Desktop Environment (MDE) Programme was launched across Cardiff Met. This is a strategic programme, consisting of a series of technology-related projects, which aims to provide staff and students with a secure and flexible working environment. This year's student build will see the MDE Programme start to bear fruit, with projects such as Windows 10, Skype for Business and Office 2016 being rolled out ready for the new academic year. We will be sending out regular newsletters to keep you updated on the Programmes' progress. You can also find more information on the Programme here


Office 2016

Office 2016 is now available to download for staff and students on their personal devices.  To download it, go to the Office 365 site ( and enter in your Cardiff Met user credentials.  You can then choose to install Office 2016 on your personal device.

If you require Office 2016 on your work device, then please contact the IT Helpdesk for assistance.


Microsoft Outlook Desktop Client for Students

Students are now able to use the Microsoft Outlook Desktop Client to manage their email on all Open Access Machines.  In order to use the client, you will need to configure it for your email account (you can do this by going through the prompts pressing 'Next' until the wizard finishes).  You will still be able to access your email via the traditional webmail route through the Student Webmail shortcut on the Desktop.

If you require assistance in using the Microsoft Outlook Desktop Client, then please contact the IT Helpdesk.



The latest version of SPSS (version 23) is now available to download from the Software Download Centre.  To access the Download Centre, click on this link and then just follow the instructions to download SPSS to your personal device.


Windows 10

As mentioned above, the Windows 10 project now falls underneath the Modern Desktop Environment Programme.  The project itself is coming to a crucial point as, ready for the start of next academic year, all student Open Access PCs will be loaded with Windows 10 and Office 2016 as standard.  Following on from that, the project will then turn its attention to staff PCs and the 2nd stage of the Early Adopter programme.

A big thank you has to go out to the Early Adopters and their feedback on their Windows 10 experiences so far.  It's greatly appreciated and gives us a better idea on how you'd like to use Windows 10 in your day to day working environment.  For those Early Adopters who are new to Windows 10, why not try our Windows 10 e-Lesson which will get you up to speed:

Windows 10 e-Lesson

If you would like to sign up for the next stage of the Windows 10 Early Adopter programme, then please follow this link and fill out the survey:

Windows 10 Early Adopter Request

For more information about Windows 10, and the project as a whole, please visit our Windows 10 Study Portal Site here.


Software on Student PC

As mentioned above, from the start of next academic year, all student Open Access PCs will have Windows 10.  However, the way in which the additional software will be presented will change slightly with the introduction of 'Application Jukebox'.

'Application Jukebox' is a program which streams applications to a specific PC with no need to physically install them onto the machine.  This utility will be available primarily on Cyncoed Open Access PCs, and will allow you to access the following apps:


  • 2D Design
  • 7-Zip
  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Arduino
  • BlueJ
  • ClaroRead
  • Cygwin
  • Eclipse IDE for Java
  • Emacs
  • Eviews
  • FileZilla
  • Firefox
  • Geany
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Earth
  • Greenfoot
  • Kodu Game Lab
  • Mindview
  • Minitab
  • Minitab Express
  • Notepad++
  • Octave-Forge
  • Quiko
  • R Studio
  • Scratch
  • Sketchup Make
  • SPSS
  • SPSS Amos
  • VLC Media Player
  • weka


Llandaff Open Access PCs will also have Application Jukebox and stream Adobe applications, but most of the applications will be locally installed on the machine.  Custom installs of specialist software such as Visual Studio, NVivo and Neurosolutions will be on various machines around the campus. 


Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge

With the introduction of Windows 10 comes Microsoft Edge – the new Internet browser from Microsoft.  There has been some confusion as to what web-based applications would work with Microsoft Edge, however the default browser will still be Internet Explorer 11 and this can be accessed on any PC (Google Chrome will also be available).


Skype For Business

Skype For Business is now available on request as part of a pilot - Skype For Business is part of Office 2016, and allows you to communicate with others via video/conference calls.  It is also a great alternative to the typical meeting situation as you can invite numerous guests into your virtual meeting and share presentations, files, even your desktop screen with all of the members.
Skype For Business can be downloaded onto your personal device as part of the Office 365 package from the Office 365 site ( using your Cardiff Met user credentials.  To access Skype For Business once downloaded, you login using your Cardiff Met email in the format shown below:
If you would like to start using Skype For Business, then please contact the IT Helpdesk who can assist you further.


OneDrive For Business

OneDrive For Business is the preferred cloud storage application for Cardiff Met, and is available for both staff and students to store their personal documents.  To access your OneDrive, then go to the Office 365 site ( and login with your Cardiff Met user credentials.  Click on the blue tile at the top left of the screen and choose 'OneDrive'.

If you are a student then you can start using OneDrive immediately, however if you are a staff member and would like to start using OneDrive For Business, then please contact the IT Helpdesk who can activate your account.

For more information about how to access OneDrive For Business, then follow the Windows 10 e-Lesson mentioned above and go to the 'Document Storage and Management' section.