Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

Mac Update Service

Starting Tuesday, December 4, 2018, SCS Computing Facilities will begin scheduled releases of Apple security, macOS and Microsoft Office for Mac updates to all supported Macs. 

These updates improve the stability, performance, and security of your Mac, and they include updates for Safari, iTunes, and other applications that are part of macOS.

Apple Security and macOS Update Policy:

• Updates are distributed to your Mac within 1 week of release from Apple.
• You will have the option of deferring the installation/reboot to a more convenient time.
• These updates require a reboot so that files or processes that are critical for the system’s operation get updated. Failure to reboot your Mac after updates are installed may result in performance and functionality issues.

Microsoft Office for Mac Update Policy:

• Available updates will automatically download. You will then be prompted quit all Office applications and install or defer the update.
• Note if you defer this update it will automatically install after you quit the application.