One of the perks of being affiliated with the UW is that you have access to a number of free and discounted software. We’ve highlighted some of the best deals below so be sure to take advantage of them as soon as you can since licensing agreements can change without notice.
For UW Students
- All UW students are entitled to download a free copy of Windows 7 as well as the latest version of Microsoft Office Professional for both Windows and Mac courtesy of the Student Technology Fee. See the Student MS Software page on UWare for more details.
- As mentioned in a previous blog post, all UW students also have access to VIDA or VIrtual Desktop Access. You can use this tool to virtually login to a UW campus computer and access high end software such as Adobe CS4 from any computer with Internet access. See UW’s VIDA page for more details.
For UW Faculty/Staff
- Current UW faculty and staff are eligible to purchase one copy of the latest version of Microsoft Office at the discounted price of $10.00 for download. See the Microsoft Home Use Program page on UWare for more details.
For all Faculty/Staff/Students
- Microsoft Dreamspark gives all faculty/staff/students with a valid .edu email address access to professional development software such as Visual Studio and Windows Server for free.
Check out our Free and Discounted Software page for more links to resources available to faculty and students.