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.
Faculty and staff who would like Adobe software - Acrobat Pro and/or Creative Cloud - should look at UW-IT's Adobe software page, and work with their grant coordinator or supervisor to make a purchase. CSE Support are happy to assist with the installation of this software.
Students can purchase Adobe products at substantial discounts direct from Adobe.
Many Autodesk titles, including Maya, 3ds Max, and AutoCAD, are available for free to students. More information is available at the Autodesk 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 Development Tools
Microsoft has made software available to students, staff, and faculty through their Azure Dev Tools for Teaching program. Through this program, one can download free copies of Windows (both client and Windows Server), Access, Visio, Project, Visual Studio Code, SQL Server Management Studio, and more.
To obtain this software, visit the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching site, enter your UW e-mail address, select "Work or school account," and then enter your UW credentials at the UW login page.
Students, faculty, and staff can obtain Microsoft Office for their personal computing devices through the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus program.
The Paul G. Allen School has an OnTheHub site where students and faculty can download various software titles. Some titles are free, others are discounted.
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.