Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services

Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra Testing Results

The following table summarizes the results of ITS testing of High Sierra (10.13) Operating System against university services and supported software.  This table will continue be updated as information continues to be gathered.

Apple File System

  • When installing macOS High Sierra, the new, much more modern file system is implemented as the new default, replacing the old HFS+ file system.
  • APFS is a 64-bit file system that is optimized for modern storage like solid state drives
  • it is easily adaptable to future storage technologies.
  • APFS is safe and secure, offering crash protection, safe document saves, stable snapshots, simplified backups, and native encryption.
  • It is more responsive than HFS+, with instant file and directory cloning, fast directory sizing, high performance parallelized metadata operations, and sparse file writes.
  • it is a significant improvement over HFS+ that's going to introduce better performance in the form of simple encryption, faster file transfers, and more.

Please Note: Updating the file system of an operating system can be a complicated and time consuming procedure. Often it is best to wait until the Operating System is live for a few weeks to determine if significant bugs exist within the software. Please contact the ITSC if you have any questions about upgrading.


  • Mac OS High Sierra is compatible with all Macs that can run macOS Sierra
  • 2009 AND LATER
    • iMac (Late 2009)
    • MacBook (Late 2009)
  • 2010 AND LATER
    • MacBook Air (Late 2010)
    • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010)
    • Mac mini (Mid 2010)
    • Mac Pro (Mid 2010)


Windows Services



Active Directory



Windows File Service


Adobe Software

Adobe Reader



Adobe Acrobat Pro



Adobe Flash Player


Antivirus Software

System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP)



Internet Browsers



Google Chrome



Microsoft Office

Office 2011

  • Downloaded from MyQueensU.  This is meant for university owned computers.

Word 2011


Excel 2011


Outlook 2011


PowerPoint 2011


Skype for Business (Lync)



Office 365 ProPlus

  • This is the subscription version of Office 2016 as downloaded in Office 365. This is meant for personally owned computers only.

Office 2016

  • Downloaded from MyQueensU.  This is meant for university owned computers.


OneDrive for Business



Connectivity Software

Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client


Remote Gateway via Remote Desktop Protocol ( RDP/RDG )


Wireless connectivity


Administrative Software


Applications / Services



Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)


Queen's Wiki




Outlook Web App


Java 8







Last Updated: September 13, 2017