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
The UW Student Technology Fee committee has funded the licensing of Microsoft Office Professional Plus (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, InfoPath, Access, SharePoint Workspace, and Lync) for Windows, Office for Mac, and Windows for all UW students. Enrolled students can download these products for free to use on your personally owned desktop or laptop computers. Log in to the UW-IT UWare site using your UW NetID to order your software.
Microsoft Development Tools
The Information School is a member of the Microsoft Imagine program (formerly MSDNAA and then DreamSpark). Through this program you can download free copies of Windows (client and server), Access, Visio, Project, Visual Studio .NET, SQL Server Management Studio and most Microsoft servers (such as SQL Server, Exchange). Some products can be installed directly, others require that you to mount a disk image or burn the disk image (usually an ISO file) to a CD or DVD first and then install from the disk. To obtain this software, go to our Microsoft Imagine site and log in with your UW NetID and password. This Microsoft Imagine software is only available to iSchool students (and faculty) during their tenure here at the iSchool.
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, faculty and staff have accounts on UW servers. The UW servers are part of the large central Linux cluster managed by UW-IT, UW's central computing-support organization. The UW servers are used for things like web publishing. The cluster that hosts student resources is called Dante and the cluster that hosts faculty and staff resources is called Homer.