Students at the Information School have access to a wide variety of software for home, in the Information School labs, and in UW's CRC labs.
Software for Home and Instructional Use
Every UW student, staff member, and faculty member has an Office 365 license. This license allows you to download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Skype for Business) on up to five computers (Windows or macOS). You can get Office 365 ProPlus from the UW-IT UWare site, just go there and then select Students or Faculty and Staff.
Microsoft Development Tools
Microsoft has made software available to students, staff, and faculty through Azure Dev Tools for Teaching. Through this program, you can download free copies of Windows (client and server), Access, Visio, Project, Visual Studio Code, and SQL Server Management Studio, among other titles. Some products can be installed directly; others require you to mount a disk image or expand the disk image (usually an ISO file) to a flash drive, CD or DVD first and then install from the media. To obtain this software, go to the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching site, enter your UW email address, select "Work or school account," and then enter your UW credentials at the UW login page.
The Information School has an OnTheHub site where you can download various software titles like IBM SPSS, Parallels Desktop, EndNote, Norton Security and Adobe Creative Cloud. Most titles are free and some are discounted.
The Information School has made VMware software available to our students and faculty. Titles include VMware Fusion, which is enterprise-class virtual machine software that allows you to run various operating systems on your Mac.
The Information School has partnered with the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering to make the LaTeX Editor (provided by Overleaf) available to our Faculty and Ph.D. Students. LaTex is still the only file format accepted by many publications and journals. If you need access to this software, please contact iSchool IT.
Software in the iSchool Computer Labs
We have installed an extensive collection of software, from a wide variety of companies, on the computers in the iSchool computer labs and on our research workstations. Most applications are market leaders in their particular segment. Generally, we stay current with all major releases of software. Most applications are available on every computer in the iSchool.
We do support the Macintosh platform in the iSchool and are now offering both macOS and Windows on all of the iMac computers in our labs. Students may also provision a checkout server and install an alternative operating system such as Linux.
All UW students, staff, and faculty have accounts on UW servers. The UW servers are part of a Linux cluster managed by UW-IT, UW's central computing-support organization. The UW servers are used for things like web publishing, shell access, and MySQL. The cluster that hosts student resources is called Dante and the cluster that hosts staff and faculty resources is called Homer.