Using Software Remotely

Penn State, and the College of IST, provide several methods of accessing software you may need to complete coursework remotely. The College of IST provides WinLabs, with most of the software installed in the classrooms. You can also access some software in non-IST classrooms via Penn State's new service, WebLabs. Penn State also provides the following software in WebApps:
  • Access 2019
  • ArcGIS Desktop
  • ArcGIS Pro
  • Excel 2019
  • JMP Pro 14
  • Mathematica 11
  • MATLAB R2018a
  • Minitab 18
  • Minitab Express 1.5
  • OneNote 2019
  • PowerPoint 2019
  • Publisher 2019
  • SAS 9.4
  • Solidworks 2019
  • Word 2019

Penn State Software Options for Students

Penn State has a contract with Microsoft to provide Office 365 to currently enrolled students, including Windows, Office, and Office for Mac. More information on Office can be found at To access Windows, Visio, Project, and other Microsoft software, go to Software Request, select Produts, then order "Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching".

Penn State IT is embarking on a new initiative to help promote Digital Fluency among students. The first part of this initiative is providing Adobe Creative Cloud at no cost to all faculty and students. Simply visit and follow the instructions to download the suite.

Penn State provides several software packages to students, most of which can be requested from here: Software Request.

Microsoft Software Options for Students

Penn State has signed up for Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (formerly Microsoft Imagine or Dreamspark), which is an annual membership program provided by Microsoft at cost to enrolled academic institutions.

With this membership, Penn State is able to provide you and your fellow students with opportunities to experiment with Microsoft software, development tools, operating systems, server software, documentation, and technical references.

IST provides limited, best-effort support for this service.

To access, please go to the Penn State Software Request page, and select Penn State. Log in via WebAccess if needed, then select Products at the top, then locate "Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching" and click the Order button. Proceed through the order process, Further information, including how to access the software, will be emailed to your Penn State email address.

The software installed in the IST classrooms is:

  • 7-Zip
  • Adobe Creative Cloud, including:
    • Adobe Acrobat
    • Adobe After Effects
    • Adobe Animate
    • Adobe Audition
    • Adobe Bridge
    • Adobe Dreamweaver
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • Adobe InCopy
    • Adobe InDesign
    • Adobe Lightroom
    • Adobe Media Encoder
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Adobe Prelude
    • Adobe Premiere Pro
    • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Anaconda
  • ArcGIS 10
  • Arduino IDE
  • ArgoUML
  • ARIS Express
  • CmapTools
  • CyberCIEGE (only available in IST Classrooms, not WinLabs)
  • Eclipse
  • EMacs
  • Google Chrome
  • i2 Analyst Notebook
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • JavaFX
  • JCreator LE
  • Matlab
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • NetBeans IDE 11.3
  • NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)
  • Notepad++
  • OpenJDK
  • Oracle JDK
  • PyScripter
  • Python
  • R
  • R Studio
  • Scilab
  • Skype
  • SSH Secure Shell
  • SWI-Prolog
  • Tableau
  • VLC Media Player
  • VSCode
  • Weka
  • WinSCP
  • Wolfram Mathematica