Mac OS X Mavericks released


Mac OS X Mavericks (Mac OS 10.9) is the latest release of the Apple operating system. Released on October 22nd, 2013, Apple lists many new features and improvements over the previous version at A pre-release version of Mavericks was tested for compatibility with a number of UVic applications and systems.  This bulletin will be updated with the results of further testing with the released version of Mac OS X Mavericks.

Web browsers

Safari 7.0

The latest version of Safari does not have issue rendering and interacting with the UVic websites tested. My page, Webmail, Outlook Web Access, Moodle, FAST, and Banner all work as expected. Sign on to UVic works across and without issue. By default, the Java plugin is not enabled in Safari. When accessing a website that requires Java for the first time (such as Banner), you will be prompted to enable the Java plugin and reboot your browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox has no issues and preforms typically with Mac OS X Mavericks. Version 24.0 installs normally and exhibits no abnormal behaviour.

Productivity applications

Microsoft Office 2011

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac does not appear to have any compatibility issues with Mac OS X Mavericks. Documentation for configuring Outlook 2011 for use with UVic’s Microsoft Exchange Email and Calendaring system is available here.

Mac Mail, Calendar & Address Book

Please note that the following is provided for informational purposes only. University Systems does not support the use of Mac Mail, Calendar, and Address Book with the Microsoft Exchange Email and Calendaring system at UVic.

Mac Mail, Calendar and Contacts' compatibility with Microsoft Exchange has improved over previous versions of Mac OS. When starting Mac Mail for the first time it prompts for a name, email address and password. Once one enters their NetLink id and password Mac Mail will automatically detect UVic's Exchange server. Once an exchange account is setup, Mac Contacts automatically has access to one's Exchange address books and the UVic global address list.

Although Mac Mail functions with the UVic Exchange servers, it does not implement all of the features of an Outlook client. Exchange server-side rule configuration, mail categories, and mailbox delegation are not fully supported. The current version of has been experiencing a number of mail synchronization issues.   Click here for further information about recommended updates to Mac Mail for OS X 10.9 Mavericks users.

Networking and printing


Wireless connectivity with the UVic, UVicOpen and eduroam wireless networks was without issue. When connecting to UVic and eduroam a prompt opened asking for a username and password. Entering and an associated password worked as expected without requiring any certificate configuration.  Instructions to configure UVic wireless networks are available here.

Network storage

University storage resources work as expected with shares setup being identical to previous versions of Mac OS.

UVic applications

Filevault Whole Disk Encryption

Filevault succesfully ran and encrypted the hard drive as expected in OS X 10.9 Mavericks. 

VPN client

UVic uses a Cisco Systems virtual private network for securing remote connections to the university's network. The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client version 3.1.02040 installs without issue using the instructions available here. A test of connection stability was satisfactory.


OS X 10.9 Mavericks continues Apple's integration of iCloud service within the operating system.  Before using any iCloud features, University Systems recommends that you review the internet storage section of the secure your data page.  This section outlines relevant UVic policies and provincial legislation surrounding privacy and the use of cloud services.

University Systems recommends that faculty and staff refrain from using iCloud to store any university data as the privacy of this data can not be guaranteed. 

Other application compatibility

RoaringApps has created an application compatibility wiki for Mac OS X Mavericks here:

If you have concerns about a specific application, or a particular version of an application, you can visit RoaringApps to see if other users or the vendor have reported any issues with OS X Mavericks .

Questions about Mavericks?

If you have any questions about Mac OS X 10.9, please contact the Computer Help Desk for additional information. We will continue to update this bulletin as we test additional features and compatibility with OS X 10.9.