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Large-scale update for Adobe Acrobat and Reader planned for summer 2017

May 2, 2017
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On October 15, 2017, Adobe Acrobat and Reader XI will no longer be updated or supported by Adobe. All instances of Adobe Acrobat and Reader, including version XI, will be replaced by Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader DC. Adobe Acrobat and Reader DC are now the default products included in newly-purchased equipment from the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology (OIT). Learn more about Adobe Acrobat and Reader DC.

This summer, OIT will be performing a mass update of all Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions, including Acrobat and Reader XI and all previous versions of Adobe Acrobat and Reader. This mass update will affect all OIT centrally-managed devices (Windows and Mac) and all devices that OIT patches, including system campuses, Carlson School of Management, College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), and College of Science and Engineering (CSE) systems. This effort will affect a significant number of devices.

This large-scale update is being planned to mitigate security concerns regarding unsupported and unpatched software by Adobe. The update is targeted for late July, pending submission to, and approval from, CAB. The project team’s goal is to complete the upgrades and transition completely to Adobe Acrobat and Reader DC by September 2017.

If your work requires Adobe Acrobat and Reader XI, or any earlier versions, the Computer and Device Support service team is available to assist with testing, troubleshooting, updating, or procuring an exception. Please contact Technology Help at 612-301-4357 or if you have any questions or concerns about business processes that may be impacted by a mandatory update of Adobe Acrobat or Reader.