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Office 365 - Compatibility

Evaluate if your computer is compatible with Outlook 2010 / 2011

Using Office365 will require that your computer be reasonably prepared for the migration.  Any university owned computer that is less than five years old should be fine. There are specific details about how to determine if your computer is capable to run the Outlook 2010 client (Windows) or the Outlook 2011 client (Apple).

It is important to know that the Outlook client is a piece of software that needs to be installed on your computer to take full advantage of the rich Email and Calendaring available in the Office 365 environment.  It is equally important to understand that you do not need the Outlook client to use Office 365.  It is possible to use a web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc) to experience many of the features of Office 365.  Using a web browser will be sufficient for most people since the functionality of the Office Web Access(OWA) as it is known, is very powerful and feature rich.

In summary, you may never need to install the Outlook client on your computer and you may find that the OWA web experience is completely acceptable to you.  If that is the case, you may not need to perform any needed upgrades on a computer that is older than five years.


How do I determine my machines specs?

If you need to determine the computer model and configuration, follow these instructions:


If you have a Windows computer:

  1. Go to Start > Run (in Win7 – Start > (Search Programs and Files field)
  2. Type dxdiag, click Enter
  3. Click No to the popup
  4. The System tab will show the Machine Name, Operating System, System Model, Processor, Memory (Ram), etc.
  5. To save this data in a text file, click Save All Information

If you have a Mac:

  1. Go to the Apple menu in the upper left corner on your screen.
  2. Click "About this Mac"
  3. Click "More Info ..."
  4. In the window that opens, you will see Operating System, Processor and Memory (Ram),
  5. Select and copy the Serial Number (or write it down)
  6. Go to Apple's website, www.apple.com
  7. Click Support
  8. A little way down the page and centered, click "Tech Spec"
  9. Paste (or type) your Mac's serial number into the "Search Tech Specs" field.
  10. This will give you the model of your Macintosh.


Supported hardware configurations

Listed below are the hardware configurations that will support Microsoft’s Outlook client to be installed on a local computer.

The following table contains the hardware configuration and operating system version required to run the Outlook 2010 client (Windows) and the Outlook 2011 client (Apple).


Dell Model Ram Processor OS Years old
Optiplex gx745 2-4 gigs Pentium D or Core 2 Duo Windows XP Sp3 / Windows 7 5
Optiplex gx755-760 2-4 gigs Core 2 Duo Windows XP Sp3/  Windows 7 3-4
Optiplex gx780,960,990 4 gigs Core 2 Duo or i5/i7 Windows 7 1-3
Latitude E6400 2-4 gigs Core 2 Duo Windows XP Sp3/ Winodws 7 4-5
Latitude E6410-Precision 4500 4 gigs i5 or i7 Windows 7 2-4
Latitude E6520 4 gigs i5 or i7 Windows 7 1-2


Model Ram Processor OS Years old
IMac / Mac Pro /Mac Mini/ Mac Book pro/Mac Book 2-4 gigs 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo Os 10.5 -10.7 5 years Mid 2007
IMac / Mac Pro /Mac Mini/ Mac Book pro 4 gigs + i3 / i5 / i7 Os 10.6 -10.7