Microsoft Office 2016 Upgrade – Database Testing


SAIT is making final preparations to upgrade the Division of Student Affairs from Office 2010 to Office 2016.

What is Happening?

In the coming weeks, SAIT will be preparing to upgrade the Microsoft Office suite of products from the current version Office 2010 to Office 2016.  When this upgrade occurs, documents and spreadsheets that were created using the earlier version of Office products will be upgraded to the newest version when opened.

SAIT does not provide support for databases and complex spreadsheets that individual departments have created; however, we want to provide the opportunity for users to test prior to the upgrade.  We do not anticipate any issues with upgrading the databases or complex spreadsheets, as there is no indication of significant changes to the data structure in Microsoft Access or Excel 2016.  However, testing will help identify whether they will work properly in the new version, or if any modifications need to be made so that business operations will not be impacted.

What We Need You to Do:

Student Affairs departments that use Microsoft Access or Excel to manage their business processes should schedule time to thoroughly test their databases and spreadsheets prior to the upgrade. SAIT has already reached out to owners of known Access databases to ensure they have ample time to schedule testing.

A testing environment and workstations will be available in the SAIT Office in Rome Commons. Testing time slots will be available from Tuesday, March 8 – Friday, March 18.  Please contact Keith Blanchard to schedule a time slot to complete the test.  If a time cannot be arranged or if testing is declined, please also inform Keith of that decision.

Keith Blanchard: or 486-4559


Don’t hesitate to contact SAIT Support if you have questions or concerns.  We appreciate your cooperation so that impacts are minimized as we complete this upgrade.  We thank you in advance for working with us on this important endeavor.

Learn more about Office 2016 here:
What’s New and Improved in Office 2016

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SAIT Support


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Storrs, CT 06269-1228