ArcGIS 10.2 was released to the educational community recently and is now available for install on University of Saskatchewan computers.
The installation directions outlined on The Spatial Initiative web site still need to have the pictures updated, but the process remains the same. This is the first release of ArcGIS which can be installed “in place” – you do not have to de-install ArcGIS 10.1 before installing 10.2. The license server on GISJane has been updated, and any local license keys installed should continue to work after the update.
A list of the changes with this version are available on the ESRI website. (More details are listed in the online help files.) One of the features is 3D support, drawing from the CityEngine technology that ESRI acquired in 2011. New computers come with more than one CPU processor. Taking advantage of that, ESRI has expanded the use of parallel processing in ArcGIS 10.2
One down note is that if you use Bing maps for basemaps inside ArcGIS, you can no longer do this without your own license from MicroSoft. ESRI is promoting their World Imagery product as a replacement.
(The University of Saskatchewan enjoys a site license of ESRI’s ArcGIS in partnership with SIAST.)