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Academic Technology Launchpad: Software

Computer and academic technology resources for students

Microsoft Office 365

Current students, faculty and staff get Microsoft Office 365 for FREE.

View download and installation instructions

Microsoft Office 365 apps

Adobe Creative Cloud

If you are a student enrolled in a class that requiresAdobe Creative Cloud logo Adobe Creative Cloud, you will be able to install it on a personal computer at home and use the software through your virtual desktop

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Edit PDFsadobe acrobat logo

To edit PDFs from off campus, log in to your virtual desktop to access Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Additional Software and Resources

Other retailers may have educational discounts available. You may be asked to show your student ID (OneCard) or supply a valid college email address.

Free Tools and Plug-ins

Your instructor may let you know if any of these tools might be useful for your course.

Be careful when installing or updating applications. Sometimes an unwanted toolbar or extra program may install also by default unless you deselect the options.

Software on College-loaned laptops

Software on College-loaned laptops

If you were loaned a laptop through the Technology Access Program, please note it may take some time for default applications to load.

Once all applications have loaded, you should be able to access the Company Portal. You may be able to install optional applications through the Company Portal, depending on your classes. Not all students will have access to the software shown in the image.

Company portal

VMware Horizon Client

The VMware Horizon Client is a default application that should be automatically installed on your College-loaned laptop. Select the VMware desktop icon to connect to your virtual desktop. You may have additional course-specific software available through your virtual desktop.

Browsers

Recommended - Firefox or Chrome

Do not use Edge, Internet Explorer or Safari with Blackboard or college email

  • Have at least 2 browsers on your computer
  • If you have a technical issue, try another browser
  • Clearing the browser history and cache can fix many issues

Additional Content Provider Browser Checks

Your instructor will let you know if you will be using any other specific course content resources. There may be specific technical requirements for those systems. For example:

Technology

Other retailers may have educational discounts available. You may be asked to show your student ID (OneCard) or supply a valid college email address.