Windows 8.1: Compatibility with University of Pittsburgh Services

The following table summarizes the results of our Windows 8.1 testing.

The Windows 8.1 column shows the results of non-browser based services. We also tested University services with Internet Explorer 11 in both Windows 8.1 User Interface (UI) mode and Desktop mode.

  • "Windows 8.1 UI mode" is Microsoft's term for the new tiled Start screen that displays when Windows 8.1 launches.
  • "Desktop mode" refers to the more traditional desktop interface that displays after you click the Desktop tile in UI mode.

In some cases, you need to turn on Compatibility View to use a service with Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11.


Service/Application Windows 8.1

Internet Explorer 11
Desktop Mode

Internet Explorer 11
Windows 8.1 UI Mode
Active Directory   Pass Pass  
ArcGIS   Pass Pass  
Box   Pass Pass  
Cognos   Fail Fail Not supported by vendor
Computrace Lojack Pass      
ComputracePlus   Pass Pass  
CourseWeb   Pass Pass  
eduroam   Pass Pass  
Emergency Notification Service (ENS)   Pass Pass  
My Pitt Email Pass Pass Pass  
Legacy Webmail (IMAP)   Pass Pass  
Identity Finder   Pass Pass  
Document Management Service   Pass Pass  
Manage Your Account
  Pass Pass Requires Compatibility View
Microsoft Excel  
Microsoft Office 365   Pass Pass  
Microsoft PowerPoint  
Microsoft Word  
My Pitt   Pass Pass  
My Pitt Video (Panopto)   Pass Pass  
Oracle Discoverer   Pass Pass  
PantherExpress   Pass Pass  
PGP Pass      
PGP Universal Server Pass      
PittNet - Residence hall connection   Pass Pass  
PittNet - Wireless PittNet   Pass Pass If you have trouble connecting, contact the Technology Help Desk for assistance.
PittNet - Guest Wireless Access   Pass Pass  
PittNet - Public Port Connections   Pass Pass  
PittNet -SETUP-PITT_WIFI   Pass Pass  
Postini   Pass Pass  
PRISM Purchasing   Pass Pass Requires Compatibility View
PRISM Time Entry   Pass Pass Requires Compatibility View
Remedy Pass      
Remedy Web Client   Pass Pass  
Sassafras KeyServer   Pass Pass  
Secure Remote Access Service
  Pass Fail Requires Compatibility View
Pitt Printing   Pass Pass  
Self-Service Online Registration
(through Student Center at My Pitt)
  Pass Pass  
Software Download Service   Pass Pass  
Student Information System
  Pass Pass  
Supplemental VPN Service   Pass Pass
Symantec Endpoint Protection   Pass Pass Requires latest version from Software Download Service (version 12.1 RU2)
Tableau   Pass Pass  
Technology Training
  Pass Pass  
(email client from Mozilla)
  Pass Pass  
View Print Quota   Pass Pass  
Skype for Business   Pass Pass  
WebNow   Pass Fail Requires Desktop Mode
Tags: Guideline Help Sheet Windows 8.1 Compatibility Internet Explorer IE 11