Sierra: The New macOS Has Arrived

Apple today released the macOS 10.12 Sierra operating system.

Information Services and Technology (IST) has been evaluating pre-release versions of macOS Sierra in order to test compatibility with university systems and applications. If you intend to upgrade to macOS Sierra, we recommend installing the following compatibility updates, where appropriate, to ensure optimal performance:

  • If you are running Microsoft Office 2011 or 2016, please install the latest updates. These updates are available to download through the Microsoft AutoUpdate tool. Please note that the current version of the nVision DrillDown plug-in for Peoplesoft Financials is not yet compatible with Office 2016.
  • VMware Fusion should be updated to version 8.5. Version 8.5 is a free update for VMware Fusion 8 users. You can purchase a license for version 8 through OnTheHub.
  • RoaringApps has published an application compatibility table for macOS Sierra. If you have concerns about a specific application, please visit RoaringApps.
  • At this time, MATLAB is not completely compatible with macOS Sierra. More information on compatibly can be found on the Mathworks support page. Mathworks recommends if this impacts you to not upgrade to macOS Sierra at this time.

macOS Sierra is integrated with Apple iCloud. The University of Alberta has no administrative custody or control over this space and therefore iCloud should not be used for any university records or information. To maintain the university's information management, privacy, and security compliance, continue using UAlberta Google Apps or University-based network storage for all university-related information and documents.

For assistance upgrading to macOS Sierra, we recommend contacting your local IT department or IST at or 780-492-9400. If you are planning to install the upgrade yourself, we recommend following Apple’s guidance on upgrading.

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