Campus Software

Your WSU laptops and tablets come with most of the software you’ll need already installed. Additional programs and applications can be downloaded as required for your course work. 

The Standard PC Software section below lists programs that are on your PC when you receive it. The Standard Mac Software section lists those that are on your Mac when you receive it. These core programs are used widely across campus for productivity, collaboration and engagement.

Standard PC Software

The following list of software comes standard on all WSU PCs:

  • Operating System – Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Utilities
    • Microsoft Forefront antivirus software
    • Malwarebytes
    • Cisco VPN Client
    • Productivity
    • Microsoft Office 2016 Professional:
  • Word
  • PowerPoint
  • Excel
  • Access
  • Publisher
  • OneNote
  • Outlook (email)
  • Lync (Skype for Business)
    • Microsoft Office 365
    • Snipping Tool
    • Firefox
    • Chrome
    • Internet Explorer
    • VLC Media Player

Standard Mac Software

The following list of software comes standard on all WSU Macs:

  • Operating System
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Utilities
    • Microsoft Forefront antivirus software
    • Cisco VPN Client
    • Productivity
    • Microsoft Office 2016 Professional:
  • Word
  • PowerPoint
  • Excel
  • OneNote
  • Outlook (email)
  • Lync (Skype for Business)
    • Microsoft Office 365
    • Safari
    • Firefox
    • Chrome
    • Microsoft Edge
    • VLC Media Player

WSU students and employees can download the programs listed under Other PC Software and Other Mac Software at no additional charge. Programs in these categories are typically necessary for specific disciplines or courses but not all students need them.

In addition, all students can purchase software at a discounted rate through WSU’s On The Hub site.

Other PC Supported Software

These programs are available to all WSU students and employees and can be downloaded through your Control Panel by following these detailed instructions. Please call the Technical Support Center if you have trouble downloading them.

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional (creates, edits and manages documents)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud, including:
    • Adobe Dreamweaver (HTML editor)
    • Adobe Illustrator (vector graphics editor)
    • Adobe InDesign (desktop publishing)
    • Adobe Photoshop (raster graphics editor)
    • and more.
  • Cyberlink Power2Go DVD Burner (HP External Drive Only)
  • CyberLink PowerDVD (HP External Drive Only)
  • Inspiration (visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations)
  • KeePass (password safe)
  • Maple (math, science and engineering)
  • JMP Pro (statistical discovery)
  • Mathematica (technical computing)
  • Microsoft Office 2016 Professional Plus
  • Minitab (statistical software)
  • RealPlayer Gold (watch, save and share videos)
  • SPSS (statistical software)
  • SPSS Legacy Viewer (statistical software)
  • Stella (modeling and situation software)
  • Tableau (data analytics and dashboards)

Other Mac Supported Software

Programs listed below are available for free to all WSU students and employees and can be downloaded through Software Additions on your Mac or follow the detailed instructions. Please call the Technical Support Center if you have trouble downloading them.

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional (creates, edits and manages documents)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud, including:
    • Adobe Dreamweaver (HTML editor)
    • Adobe Illustrator (vector graphics editor)
    • Adobe InDesign (desktop publishing)
    • Adobe Photoshop (raster graphics editor)
    • and more.
  • JMP Pro (statistical discovery)
  • Maple (math, science and engineering)
  • SPSS (statistical software)

All WSU devices come with pre-installed antivirus software to detect and prevent damage from malware and viruses.

Note: When using an internet browser, do not believe pop-up windows that claim your computer has no virus protection.

Most academic software is available for installation through the Control Panel for PCs and through Software Additions for Macs. Programs can be downloaded through your PC’s Control Panel using these detailed PC instructions or through your Mac’s Software Additions using these detailed Mac instructions. Please contact the Technical Support Center if you have trouble downloading a program or need one that is not listed. 

Download programs and apps only from known and trusted sources. Don’t download file sharing apps or free software unless approved for use. Free software often lacks standard security features, such as bug fixes, downloadable patches and virus definitions. Free programs are also more likely to include spyware, adware, viruses, worms or Trojan horses. If in doubt, contact the Technical Support Center before downloading programs or apps that aren’t specifically approved by WSU.

Software and apps are often protected by copyright. Downloading or distributing copyrighted material, including through peer-to-peer file sharing, without the permission of the copyright owner is against the law. Use of Winona State University’s resources for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials is forbidden. Visit the Tech Wiki Copyright page for more information.

The e-Warrior Digital Learning Center provides software technical support through online training programs available 24/7, workshops, one-on-one sessions, social media, and custom classroom support. 

Ordering New Software or Applications

If you need software not found on the WSU supported software lists above, please email software@winona.edu prior to purchasing any software. The IT software testing team will ensure proper licensing, support, system requirements, security, and stability can be met before investing in a program. They may also investigate whether more effective alternatives are available. Software requests will be processed on a first-in-first-out basis. One month or more may be needed to fully test and implement some software packages, so it is important to submit your requests at least a month in advance.

Computer Science and MISO (management of information systems and operations) Departments

If you require MSDN AA software for your class please contact the Technical Support Center at least one week before the semester starts. We have a simple process to make MSDN AA software available for installation in your classes.

Getting Approved Programs on Student Laptops/Tablets

Please refer your students to the instructions on this page to download programs needed for your class. Please do not send an entire class of students to the Technical Support Center for software installations.