Outdated macOS and How to Upgrade
Apple only supports its three most recent releases of macOS with security and feature updates (soon to be 10.14, 10.15, and 11). The security of systems has become increasingly important over the years and as a result, many software developers have announced that they will only release updates and features to macOS computers that are running a supported version of macOS.
Why this is important: out-of-date macOS systems are less secure, and they will miss out on new features and collaboration tools in commonly used applications like Microsoft Office and Teams.
To improve security and feature-consistency among macOS devices used to access and participate in UVM academic and admin functions, users who are running an unsupported version of macOS (10.13 or older) will see a banner when logging in to any UVM SSO page. The banner will inform users that they are running an unsupported macOS version and that they should upgrade. The message will also link to this kb guide: Outdated macOS and How to Upgrade (note that we’re suggesting upgrading to macOS Catalina 10.15 and not Big Sur 11, which will be available soon.)
In addition to the banner message, we will also send targeted communications to students, and faculty/staff who are running unsupported macOS versions with similar information about why it is important to upgrade and where they can get help if needed.