Software

Publicly Accessible Software

Computing Services maintains dozens of software packages which are accessible to the Binghamton University community either on our central systems, which are accessible from the network, or throughout our public computing areas on campus. To find out where a particular software package is installed, try using our searchable software database.

Faculty and staff who need a specialized software package installed on one of our central servers or in one of our public computing areas may fill out the Request to Install Public Software form.

Software For Your Computer

If you need software for your office computer you can find out what is available by viewing our database of site licensed and volume purchased software packages. After you have selected a software package, you will either be given instructions on how to obtain it or presented with an online form you can fill out to request installation.

Microsoft Office is available to all faculty and staff for download. Our license agreement permits installation on both University owned computers and personal computers. Several versions of Microsoft Office are available for download. For more information, click here.

FTP Server

Persons affiliated with Binghamton University can obtain the anti-virus software McAfee (Windows) and Virex (Macintosh) from our FTP Server.

Please note that access to the FTP Server is restricted to the binghamton.edu domain. This means that you can only access it from on campus or by using Binghamton University's SSL VPN.

Operating Systems Recommendations:

Windows Operating System

ITS currently recommends and supports Windows 7 Professional for all University owned machines. 

ITS is currently testing Windows 8 Professional and has determined that Windows 8 Professional does not offer a compelling business reason for upgrading to that version of Windows at this time. Check back periodically for updates.

Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows 2000, NT, Me, 98 and 95. Microsoft announced that, on April 8, 2014, Windows XP and Office 2003 will officially reach their end-of-life.  At that time, Microsoft will no longer support or provide any security patches or updates for either Windows XP or Office 2003.

If your department has funding, purchase a new PC with a current operating system. If you would like to request a price quote for a new PC, contact the ITS Help Desk at 607-777-6420 or send an e-mail to helpdesk@binghamton.edu. You can find important information about Windows XP and Office 2003 desupport here.

Mac

UNIX/Linux

ITS recommends the latest version of Ubuntu.

Application Software Development Project Request

Computing projects are expensive, but the payoffs are often huge.  Programming resources are limited and the requests are many.   The Binghamton University Information Technology Services Project Request Process has been developed to help the University understand and assess proposed projects early, estimate their costs accurately, and predict the timelines and outcomes with more clarity.  If you have any questions related to the request form, please contact .

Blackboard

Blackboard is a Course Management System used by instructors to generate information, communicate with students, record grades, and implement many other tools that can be beneficial to a successful on-line learning environment. Using Blackboard, instructors develop web pages to publish instructional materials, group activities, tests and quizzes, as well as a managed gradebook.

Turnitin

Binghamton University has a site license for Turnitin, one of the leading online anti-plagiarism programs. The integration of Turnitin with the Blackboard course management system allows instructors to check papers for originality using Turnitin’s plagiarism prevention system without ever leaving the Blackboard environment.

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Software Vendors and Resources

Links to vendors and resources for commonly used software at Binghamton University can be found on our wiki.

Last Updated: 8/27/14