Campus Software

WSU computers are pre-configured by our campus IT department with general purpose software that meets the needs of most users. For discipline-specific or course-specific programs, WSU also offers additional software that is available to download on any WSU computer at any time. Details regarding what this software is and how to obtain it are below.
These core programs are used widely across campus for productivity, collaboration and engagement, and are included by default with all WSU computers.

Standard Windows Software

  • Windows 10
    • Windows 10 receives semi-annual, major updates that WSU works diligently to support soon after they are released.
  • Internet Browsers
    • Google Chrome (set as default browser)
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Microsoft Edge 
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office 365
    • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneDrive, Skype for Business
      • This includes access to both web apps and desktop apps.
  • Other Software
    • Windows Defender (Antivirus)
    • Cisco VPN Client 
    • VLC Media Player 
    • Software Center
      • This is a Microsoft product that allows WSU to offer clients the chance to perform major operating system feature updates on their own time.
    • Control Panel Installers
      • WSU has many custom installers for campus-licensed software that can be installed via the Windows Control Panel.

Standard Mac Software

  • macOS
    • WSU works diligently to support major macOS releases soon after they are released.
  • Internet Browsers
    • Google Chrome
    • Mozilla Firefox 
    • Apple Safari
    Microsoft Office 365
    • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, OneDrive, Skype for Business
      • This includes access to both web apps and desktop apps.
  • Other Software
    • Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (Antivirus)
    • AirWatch Mobile Device Management 
    • Cisco VPN Client 
    • VLC Media Player
    • Printing Additions
      • This is a custom WSU app that allows single-click access to campus printers. 
    • Software Additions
      • This is a custom WSU app that allows users to add additional, campus-licensed software to their WSU computer.
Users of WSU-issued computers can download the following programs at no additional charge. Programs in these categories are typically necessary for specific disciplines or courses and are licensed to run on any WSU computer.

WSU students and staff are also able to take advantage of educational discounts on software offered via the Winona State University On The Hub site.

Supported Windows Software

These programs are available at no extra charge to WSU’s Windows computers and can be installed via the Windows Control Panel or Software Center.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud apps, including (but not limited to):
    • Acrobat DC, After Effects, Animate, Audition, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Fuse, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Lightroom, Muse, Photoshop, Prelude, Premiere Pro, Scout, and Speed Grade.
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Inspiration
  • KeePass
  • JMP Pro
  • Mathematica
  • Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
  • Minitab
  • SPSS
  • Stella
  • Tableau

Supported macOS Software

These programs are available at no extra charge to WSU’s macOS computers and can be installed via WSU’s own custom-built Software Additions app.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud apps, including (but not limited to):
    • Acrobat DC, After Effects, Animate, Audition, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Lightroom, Muse, Photoshop, Prelude, Premiere Pro, Scout, and Speed Grade.
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • JMP Pro
  • Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
  • Inspiration
  • SPSS
  • Tableau
No. All WSU computers come with pre-installed antivirus software that automatically detects and prevents damage from malware and viruses. WSU also installs the latest software patches, firmware fixes, and secure browser extensions, all to keep your WSU computer safe from online threats.
Additional academic software is available for installation via the Windows Control Panel or WSU’s custom macOS Software Additions app. Please contact the Technical Support Center if you have trouble downloading, installing, accessing, or utilizing applications needed for your classes. 
Of course! But be sure to 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 malware, adware, or viruses. 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 and against the terms of the eWarrior technology agreement. 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 contact us at software@winona.edu to discuss software purchases. WSU’s Software Deployment team can help you or your department assess proper licensing, software support, system requirements, security concerns, and whether effective alternatives may already be available for campus use. Software requests are processed on a first-in-first-out basis and may take up to a month to fully research, test, and implement depending on the complexity of the software packages.

Getting Approved Programs on WSU Student Computers

Please refer your students to the links on this page for instructions on how to find the software programs needed for your classes. If your students need further help installing software for classes, WSU Tech Support is available via phone, email, live chat, or in-person support.