Software Recommendations

Software on computers, mobile phones and tablets require regular updates for security and compatibility. The Division of Information Technology (IT) recommends applying software and operating system updates as they become available, with the exception of major releases/upgrades. To help you determine whether you should apply the latest release, please consult the recommended software matrix below.

If you are using a computer that is supported by the Division of IT, you will receive needed updates automatically, as we assess updates for compatibility and security implications.  

Operating Systems

 

Device

Software Recommendations

Additional Information

Mac

 macOS 10.13 HIgh Sierra

 macOS 10.12.5 Sierra

 OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan 

 OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite

 OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks and below

macOS HIgh Sierra is currently in beta and is being tested by the Division of IT to ensure full functionality with various university applications

 

OS X 10.8.5 through OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite should update to 10.11.6 for best performance. Please contact the Division of IT for support.

 PC

 Windows 10

 Windows 8

 WIndows 7

 Windows Vista and below

Please verify that your device is compatible with Windows 10 prior to upgrading. Please contact the Division of IT for support.  

 

iOS

 iOS 11

 iOS 10.3.2

 iOS 9.3.5 and below

 iOS 11 is currently in beta and is being tested by the Division of IT to ensure full functionality with various university applications

 

Android

 Android 8 "0"

 Android 7 Nougat

Android 6 Marshmallow

 Android 5 Lollipop

 Android 4.4.4

 Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean and below

Android 8 "0" is in beta and is being tested by the Division of IT to ensure full functionality with various university applications.

Windows Phone

 Windows 10

 Windows 7 Phone

 

 

Software

 

Software

System Recommendations

Download Information

Office 365
(no cost) 

Windows 7/8/10

 

Windows XP/Vista

 

OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan

 
 

OS X 10.7.2 Lion or below

 

iOS 9.3 

 

Android 5 Lollipop

 

Windows 10 (Windows Phone) 

Log in to https://portal.office.com using your full GW email address and corresponding GW NetID password.

Symantec
(no cost) 

Windows 7/8

 

 Windows XP/Vista
 

OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan
 

OS X 10.7.5 Lion or below

 

Log in to https://www.gwu.edu/~virtual/downloads/ using your NetID and corresponding password to download Symantec.