All School-owned computers, regardless of the operating system (Windows / Linux / Macintosh), will have a "standard" set of software installed: one or more Web browsers, an SSH / SFTP client, development software, archive utilities, document-processing software, and anti-virus software. The specific titles will vary with the operating system.

If you've just purchased a new computer (with UW funds), or would like your existing School-owned computer re-imaged, there's a software installation request form that helps us to better serve you.

The rest of this page contains information about some popular software titles that aren't in the "standard" set of software we provide by default. If the title you are interested in isn't in this list, send an e-mail to CSE Support and inquire. It's possible that it is available through the University - often at a discount - or through the software manufacturer or a third-party vendor.

The University makes numerous software titles available to students, faculty, and staff, through their UWare portal.

Free and Discounted Software available to CSE students, faculty & staff

Free Software

Discounted Software

Adobe, Inc.

Adobe Software

Adobe software titles are available for purchase - at attractive discounts - through several channels, including the UW Bookstore. The University's Adobe software page explains them all. Faculty who wish to have Adobe software - Acrobat Professional, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. - installed on their computer(s) should contact CSE Support; we can assist with the purchase and installation of that software.



Many Autodesk titles, including Maya, 3ds Max, and AutoCAD, are available for free to students. More information is available at theAutodesk education site.



MATLAB is available for both research and instructional use on certain CSE managed hosts, and is available for purchase through the UW Bookstore, or through the College of Engineering. More information is available in this document.

Microsoft Imagine Program (formerly DreamSpark)

The Microsoft Corporation makes its developer software available free to any student enrolled in a CSE course for credit, and to faculty and staff and laboratory systems in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. This is offered through the Imagine program, and certain terms and conditions do apply, so please be sure to understand those limits. This program includes Visual Studio.NET, all Server products, including Enterprise editions, Windows, Windows Server, and many others. About the only thing it does not include is MS Office (see following paragraphs). You can download software directly to your system. Get It Free Here! 

(The Imagine site will ask you for your name and account information, and send an account request to CSE Support. A CSE Support technician will respond to you with your Imagine account information.)

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for UW Students, Faculty and Staff (limited licensing for personal machines too!)

All current UW-Seattle students, faculty and staff are able to use Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (on up to 5 devices) at no charge. Office 365 ProPlus is an online version of Microsoft Office, which works on PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, and Windows and Android phones.

See UWIT's page on the Office 365 ProPlus Subscription for more information. Funded by UWIT's Technology Recharge Fee

Microsoft Office, Faculty & Staff, Home Use Program (Office 2013 for $10)

Under the current Microsoft Campus Agreement, University of Washington faculty and staff are eligible to obtain ONE copy of older versions Microsoft Office (2013 for Windows or 2011 for Macintosh) to install on their personally-owned computer at a steeply discounted price (around $10), which they can use for both personal and UW work.

Look HERE for more information, including a comprehensive list of included software and pricing.

MS Office Program comparison



VMware Academic Program (VMAP)

VMWare has graciously made much of its virtualization technology available to the CSE School. CSE Students can use desktop virtualization products free of charge for one year as part of qualified coursework or research projects. This program includes VMWare Workstation for Linux/Windows and VMware Fusion for Macs. Faculty can use additional VMware software under specific program usage guidelines, free of charge, in a wide variety of areas of academic research and classroom instruction. This is offered through the VMware Academic Program (VMAP), and certain terms and conditions do apply, so please be sure to understand those limits. You can download software directly to your system. Your full @cs email address is your VMAP username. Get It Free Here!

Microsoft and VMWare, two of our Industrial Affiliates, have graciously made their software available free of charge for every undergraduate major, graduate student, faculty member, and instructional and research lab system in the School.