Sunsetting SIMnet for Office 2007-2013

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Update, February 5th, 2020

SIMnet continues to keep our instructors and students prepared for the end of browser support for Flash Player in the coming months. As SIMnet Administrators and Instructors open SIMnet, they will see the following warning regarding Office 2007 – 2013 content:

Lessons, Exams, SIMpaths, and Projects that use 2007-2013 content will have a warning icon before their title. As of May 31st, 2020, no new class assignments will be allowed for Office 2007-2013 content. This content should be replaced with Office 2016 or Office 2019/365 content and then archived.

Schools or courses that are using 2007-2013 content may need to update their ISBN orders and should contact their local McGraw-Hill representative for help selecting a new ISBN.

Original Post, October 1st, 2019

SIMnet has come a long way since 2007 when the simulated content for Exams, Lessons, and SIMbooks was first built with Flash Player. It took several Office versions for HTML, JavaScript, and CSS to finally eclipse the capabilities of Flash when we rebuilt the simulated content with HTML5 for Office 2016.

SIMnet 2007 Lesson

In 2017, Adobe announced that the official end-of-life for Flash Player will be in late 2020. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have all released similar timelines to no longer support Flash Player in their browsers as well.

As Flash Player nears its end-of-life, so does SIMnet for Office 2007, 2010, and 2013. All SIMnet for Office 2007-2013 textbooks and assignments will no longer be available after August 5th, 2020.

If your school or class is using content from any of these SIMnet versions, now is the time to begin planning your move to SIMnet for Office 365/2019. The latest SIMnet version has never been more SIMple, responsive, or accessible than it is today.

The timeline and how this may affect your class

Here are the key dates as we prepare to sunset SIMnet 2007-2013:

  • January 1st, 2020: SIMnet for Office 2007-2013 will no longer appear in the Available Products section for Admin Settings. If these products are already enabled, they will remain enabled until August 1st, 2020

  • May 31st, 2020: No new class assignments will be allowed for Office 2007-2013 content.

  • August 5th, 2020: Office 2007-2013 products will be disabled, and all class and student assignments will be removed. At this point, no students or instructor will be able to assign or take any content related to a sunset version.


McGraw-Hill Product Team

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