MCP Now Accepting Laptop Orders for Spring Semester
If you’ll be coming to Rensselaer in January for the Spring 2017 semester and are interested in participating in the Mobile Computing Program, two laptop models – the Lenovo T460s or the Dell XPS 15 workstation – are available for purchase. Students who are already on campus but who may still be interested in purchasing the package are also welcome to place their orders.
Start by checking out the laptop spec listings for more information, then use our on-line form to place your order by Thursday, December 15. Please allow one business day for us to send you an e-mail message confirming your order. We will send you a second e-mail message at a later date notifying you when and where your laptop will be available for pickup.
Please note that laptop orders received after Thursday, December 15 will still be accepted but will processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Windows 10 Images Now Available for Mobile Computing Participants
The Mobile Computing team is pleased to announce that Windows 10 base images are now available at the VCC Help Desk for students participating in Rensselaer's Mobile Computing Program.
The images -- currently available for the T430, T430s, T440s, T450s, and W541 laptop models -- include Windows 10 Education and Office 2016.
As with all images at the Help Desk, these are not upgrades but full installs. Since all existing software and data will be overwritten upon installation, all Mobile Computing participants are encouraged to please back up all of their pertinent information prior to imaging their laptops.
These images are made available for students who would like to try Microsoft's latest operating system and Office products. Keep in mind, however, that as with most new software products, there may be unforeseen compatibility issues with other software packages.
Why We've Gone Mobile
All undergraduates are required to have a laptop computer that meets Rensselaer specifications, and laptops are now used in nearly every class. Wireless connectivity is also available in every classroom.
MBA and MS students in the Lally School of Management and Technology are also required to have laptop computers. All matriculated students -- both undergraduate and graduates, regardless of school -- may participate in the Mobile Computing Program.
You can connect your laptop computer to the network in the more than 50 classrooms around the campus, using both wired and wireless connections.
In addition, every residence hall room includes network access for each resident at no additional charge, and most campus locations, including the residence halls, offer wireless connectivity.
An Important Update Regarding Windows 10
Microsoft has recently released a major upgrade to its Windows operating system. In conjunction with other schools and departments, DotCIO is currently working to validate that Rensselaer's campus software and services function properly with this new operating system. As a result, at this time, the Mobile Computing team recommends that users hold off on upgrading until this process is complete.
We plan to have a Windows 10 laptop image available to Mobile Computing Program participants in January 2016.
DotCIO public lab and classroom machines will not be upgraded to Windows 10 for the Fall semester.
If you still choose to upgrade your computer to the new operating system at this time, we strongly encourage you to back up your important data before beginning.
The Mobile Computing Program
The Mobile Computing Program offers a complete laptop package including a state-of-the-art ThinkPad that arrives pre-loaded with powerful software packages that many students require for their coursework, and which is also specially configured for easy connection to the Rensselaer network. Students also receive help configuring their new laptops right out of the box, so they're ready for their classes from Day One. What's more, the Mobile Computing package includes on-campus support for both hardware and software.
In short, through its partnership with Lenovo, Dell, and leading software companies, the Mobile Computing Program is able to offer this laptop package at a substantially discounted purchase price. You will receive the greatest value for your dollar, as well as the on-campus repair and consulting facilities to help you get the most out of your laptop!