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Standard Operating Environment (SOE)

The University's Standard Operating Environment (SOE) is a recommended and supported set of standard application software for use on all desktop and notebook computers used for core teaching and learning, research and administrative functions.

Key components can be found on the Standard Operating Environment (SOE) page.

You can find excellent online training materials through Microsoft at their Office 365 Training Center or through LinkedIn Learning.

New desktop computers and notebooks purchased from a Designated PC Supplier will normally have the UniSA Standard Operating Environment (SOE) loaded by the supplier.  This will include the current "Recommended" version of Windows and Office Suite. The SOE can also be loaded onto University owned computer systems.

There is no cost or license application forms required for the use of the UniSA Standard Operating Environment (SOE) providing the desktop or notebook computer system is purchased through ISTS to ensure that it has a qualifying desktop operating system license (this would typically be a Microsoft Windows OEM operating system).

Software loaded in addition to the SOE must be appropriately licensed. Staff should consult with the IT Help Desk for specialised software requirements.


Vista Business/Enterprise Unsupported
7 Enterprise Not recommended
8 Enterprise Unsupported
10 Enterprise Recommended


10.12.6 and above Supported
10.11.x and below Unsupported

Office Suite:

2010 Unsupported
2013 Not recommended
2016 Supported
365 Recommended

There are many risks to running unsupported operating systems. A few risks that can easily be identified are as follows:

  • Your machine will be vulnerable to viruses, malware and remote attacks
  • Newer applications won't run or will have difficulty running on unsupported Operating Systems
  • Application vendors probably won't support their products if installed on unsupported hardware/Operating Systems
  • Denied access to the UniSA network via LAN
  • Denied access to Office Printers
  • Denied access to shared/team drives

Some advantages of using UniSA SOE:

  • Easier to support - assists with standardisation and streamlining support processes
  • New features and embedded applications
  • Easier to work between devices