Technology Support Services: Hardware and Software


HARDWARE for Departments and Students
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Computer Equipment for University Departments

ITS has worked with Purchasing and Dell to streamline the process for purchasing Dell computers. Based on the University's previous purchasing history, we were able to identify common models that were frequently purchased and streamline the ordering process by bidding out the standard models and locking in pricing. The standard models meet recommended requirements for new computers and include an extended warranty.

To order a standard Dell Desktop or Laptop, please visit: Also, more information about purchasing Dell computers can be found here.

Departments interested in buying equipment (Apple or PC) should request a price quote or contact the ITS Help Desk at x7-6420 before ordering computer equipment. ITS supports and provides warranty repair services for Dell and Apple devices purchased for the University.

Computer Repair

Information Technology Services (ITS) has staff that are Dell and Apple Certified repair technicians. We are able to repair Dell and Apple University owned devices; whether or not the device is under warranty. For devices no longer under warranty, ITS can provide an estimate for the parts and complete the repair if desired. To request assistance with University owned Dell and Apple devices, please go to IT Self Service or contact the ITS Help Desk.

Student Computing Solutions

First check with your department, as they will have proper recommendations for you (such as Apple/PC, laptop/desktop, etc.), then go from there.

Nursing, Pharmacy, and School of Management students are required to have a laptop. Other programs do not require a computer, but we recommend that students have a computer for their convenience. Students tend to prefer laptops since they are mobile and allow the student to work anywhere.

We recommend checking with the school or program for specific requirements, but our general recommended specs for student computers are:

Minimum specs for a student computer are:

  • Intel i5 or i7 processor (or equivalent)
  • 8-16 GB RAM
  • 256 GB Solid State Hard-drive (SSD)
  • 1-3 year manufacturer's warranty

Recommended specs for a new student computer, to last 4 years:

  • Windows 10 64bit or MacOS X
  • Intel i5 or i7 Processor
  • 16 GB+ Memory
  • 256 GB Solid State Hard-drive (SSD) or larger SSD drive
  • 3 yr. on-site warranty (this should be a manufacturer warranty, not a third party like Best Buy or Staples)

Apple and Dell both have discounts for students available at:

Binghamton University does not endorse any of these vendors or their offers other than to provide the options to our students.

Website for purchasing Dell computers

Binghamton University offers a convenient method for purchasing Dell laptops and desktops using department funds. These models have been pre-quoted by ITS and are available for purchase online through the DTG web page. You do not need a login, you more.

Equipment Request Form

The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) has created an Equipment Request Form for requesting a laptop, Wi-Fi hotspot, microphone or USB webcam. All efforts will be made to expedite requests; however, due to high demand, the CLT cannot guarantee more.


Publicly Accessible Software

Information Technology Services maintains many software packages which are accessible to Faculty, Staff, and Students at Binghamton University. Many software applications are available in the Public Computing Labs via Live Maps and through BingView. To search for available software applications available in the Public Computing Labs in Live Maps click on the Directory, click on the lab, and then click on the  "software availability" link.

Public Computing Areas Software Request

Faculty and staff who need specialized software available in our Public Computing areas can complete a Public Computing Software Request through IT Self Service.

Due dates for requests are:

Fall 2020 due by July 24, 2020
Winter 2020 due by Nov. 20, 2020
Spring 2021 due by Dec 18, 2020
Summer 2021due by April 30, 2021
Fall 2021 due by July 23, 2021
Winter 2021 due by Nov 19, 2021

Software For Your Computer

University Owned Device:

If you need software installed on your University-owned device, please visit IT Self Service and Request Software. You can also contact the ITS Help Desk at 607-777-6420 if you prefer to submit the request over the phone.

Operating Systems:

Windows Operating System
ITS provides and recommends Windows 10 Enterprise or Education for all University owned PCs. Windows 7 is no longer supported. If your PC needs to be upgraded, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 607-777-6420 to request an operating system upgrade.

Mac Operating System
ITS recommends the latest version.

ITS recommends the latest version of Ubuntu.

Anti-Virus Software
For free anti-virus protection click here. Universities are breeding grounds for viruses, trojan horse programs and worms due to persistent network connections and lots of file sharing. Don't lose your next term paper because you weren't protected!

Virtual Desktop
Bingview is the campus virtual desktop initiative, was started in 2008 as a pilot project with initial financial support coming from ITS and the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science. The initial purpose was to provide remote access to University licensed applications. MORE...  Bingview on Mac

Minitab Express Installation for Mac

If you need to use the full version of Minitab from a Mac computer, the Windows version of Minitab is available on the Bingview Virtual desktops - ( which can be run from a Mac. To install Minitab Express for more.

Minitab Installation for Windows

To install Minitab for Windows, download the Installation file and the License file from the links below: The links require that you be logged in with your Binghamton email account: Minitab Installer: For more information, click here.

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Licensing
ITS offers Adobe software product licensing for Binghamton University faculty and staff exclusively. There are three different types of licenses that can be purchased:

BEFORE you submit a request for any Adobe licensing, please consider how, where and who will be using this, and what products you need.

If you are designing any type of media which might include imaging, video, web and print, you can purchase a license for the entire Creative Cloud Suite. You cannot purchase individual titles under the Named-User and Shared Device Licensing structures. With the very competitive pricing we have secured with a SUNY-Wide ETLA contract, the cost for the entire suite is typically lower than if you were to purchase a single app directly from Adobe.

If you need Acrobat Pro to create PDFs, and InDesign for print media, it is more advantageous to purchase the Creative Cloud suite, which will include the most recent version of Acrobat DC. However, if you only need an app to produce PDFs, you do not need to purchase the full Creative Cloud suite of applications; you will only need a license for Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017.

Review the above three licensing links for more information. If you are still unsure of what Adobe product(s) you need, or what license structure is best for your situation, please contact the ITS Help Desk and arrange a consultation at 607-777-6420 or

Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017

Product: Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017 What is Adobe Acrobat Pro? Desktop software for viewing, creating, editing, printing, and managing PDF documents. Contract Type No Contract involved. Cost: $100.24 one-time fee. What’s Included? Acrobat Pro 2017 more.

Personal Device:

Mathematica & Wolfram/Alpha Pro
For information visit: Mathematica & Wolfram/Alpha Pro. It is available to students, faculty, and staff.

Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office 365 is available to students, faculty, and staff to install on up to 5 personal devices. For additional information visit: Microsoft Office 365

Anti-virus Software
ITS strongly recommends that any computer (Windows or Mac) have modern, updated Antivirus software. ITS installs Anti-virus software on University-owned computers when they are set up and configured. You should ensure your personal computer also has modern, updated Anti-virus software.

Windows - Microsoft Defender/EndPoint Protection
Defender for Windows

Macintosh - Sophos Software
Sophos AntiVirus for Mac

Qualtrics -
The Qualtrics Survey Service allows the campus community to easily create surveys, collect and store data, and produce reports.

FTP Server - Software Downloads
Information Technology Services maintains an FTP server with software available for students, faculty, and staff. The server is available at

myCourses 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 online learning environment. Using myCourses, instructors develop web pages to publish instructional materials, group activities, tests, and quizzes, as well as a managed grade book.

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

Alternate media made easy!
Follow the four easy steps to have your document converted into an alternative, accessible format. The result is delivered in your email inbox. You may upload one or more files, enter a URL to a file or simply type in the text you wish to have converted. The form expands as you make your selections. Supported file types are .DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, .PPT, .PPTX, .TXT, .XML, .HTML, .HTM, .RTF, .EPUB, .MOBI, .TIFF, .TIF, .GIF, .JPG, .JPEG, .BMP, .PNG, .PCX, .DCX, .J2K, .JP2, .JPX, .DJV and .ASC

Binghamton University Mobile App - bMobi
Binghamton University offers users a free app (bMobi) for easy access to campus news and events. The bMobi app gives you access to Binghamton University information you want on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad) via iTunes or Android device via Google Play.

With bMobi you can find people, locate buses, check the laundry availability, check course schedule, locate classes, find your way around campus, see the Daily Photo and other useful features.

To install bMobi and for more information about this app go to