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Free Software and Services Available at Penn State

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Penn State offers several services that allow students, faculty, and staff to receive software for free, or at substantially reduced prices. 

This page will explain those services and how you can best take advantage of them.

This includes:

  • Symantec EndPoint Protection Anti-Virus (It never expires!)
  • Microsoft Office 2016 and 2013 Professional Plus
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Education, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 7 Pro
  • Other Microsoft products including OneNote, Access, Project, Visio, MapPoint, Expression Studio 4 Ultimate, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Penn State WebApps Remote Applications

Through WebApps, all Penn State users can access selected applications with a web browser.
The applications available through this service include: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher), ArcGIS Desktop, MATLAB, Mathematica, Minitab, SolidWorks, and SAS.

Connect to Remote Apps:  http://clc.its.psu.edu/RemoteAccess/WebApps

Can I Get It for Free?

 I am... Symantec Anti-Virus Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1, 7 Microsoft Office 2016* Other Microsoft Products
 ...a Student Free (Download) Free (Microsoft DreamSpark IST Students Only, or Software At Penn State All Students) Free at Software At Penn State
Free (Microsoft DreamSpark IST Students Only or Software At Penn State All Students)
 ...Faculty Free (Download) Free (Microsoft DreamSpark) Buy at Software At Penn State
Free (Microsoft DreamSpark)
 ...Adjunct Faculty Free (Download) Free (Microsoft DreamSpark) Buy at Software At Penn State
Free (Microsoft DreamSpark)
 ...Staff Free (Download) Buy at Software At Penn State
($30.00) (MS-EES)
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See the matrix below to see what products you are eligible to receive.

 * Anyone may use Microsoft Office Web Apps for free at http://www.onedrive.com. You may also log in using your Facebook account at http://docs.com/.


How Do I Get It?

Penn State Downloads

Various software packages are available to the Penn State community from this web site:


Software at Penn State

Penn State sells software at reduced educational prices.  Visit the store for a complete listing:  http://software.psu.edu/

To download Office 2013 Professional Plus (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), visit http://software.psu.edu/info/microsoft-office-licensing. 

Expression Studio Web for editing web pages is available through Microsoft DreamSpark.


Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES)

This agreement covers Microsoft Office 2013 and Windows 8.1 for campus-owned computers.  This agreement also allows for work-at-home rights for faculty and staff. You will need to purchase a copy of the Work-at-Home media for Microsoft Office 2013 or Windows 8.1 in order to install the software on your home computer. 

For Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Office 2010, and Office 2013, visit http://software.psu.edu . Then search for "work at home".


Microsoft DreamSpark

IST Students and faculty are able to receive free Microsoft software. At the beginning of each semester, you will receive an email on your Penn State email account from “User Import” with the subject line “Subject: Welcome to Microsoft DreamSpark”. The email will contain your user name (your PSU email address), a password, and the link to enter the Microsoft DreamSpark website that will allow you to receive the software.

Steps to log into Microsoft DreamSpark
  1. Go to the Microsoft DreamSpark website
  2. Click on the Sign In button
  3. Type in your Username
    Penn State email address, e.g. xyz123@psu.edu
  4. Type in your password
    Located in the email you received “Subject: Welcome to Microsoft DreamSpark”
  5. You should now see all of the software you are able to receive.
Steps to get the software
  1. Click on the software you want to get
  2. Select the delivery option (Mail Order or buy Download)
  3. Click on the Add to Cart button
  4. Read the Student Use Guidelines and click on the I Agree button
  5. You can either check out our continue shopping
  6. If finished, click on the Check Out button
  7. If you select download, proceed to step number 9
  8. Fill out the information to order the CD
  9. Fill out your name and click on Next
  10. If you select Mail Order
  11. Click on the product name you would like to download
  12. Click the download load button
  13. Save the *.exe file - The *.exe file is a download client that will allow you to save the Microsoft software to your computer.
  14. Double click on the *.exe file
  15. Select the location where you would like to save the software. - Example C:\temp
  16. Click on the continue button
  17. The software client will download the software to the location you have specified
  18. The software client will unpack the software to a folder that will resemble the name of the software you have downloaded. - Example C:\temp\MapPoint 2004 North America
  19. In the software folder, you will either receive a setup.exe to install the software. Or, you will receive an *.ISO file
  20. If you receive an *.ISO file, refer tohttp://www.petri.co.il/how_to_write_iso_files_to_cd.htm for directions to create a CD for the software.

If you have questions, please contact the Help Desk at 375-4858 or stop by the Help Desk in Swift 248.

Enable your firewall and Symantec EndPoint Protection Anti-Virus before getting on the internet.