Now more than ever, faculty and staff on Northeastern-managed Windows computers have a number of options for getting – and getting rid of – software available from ITS.
Want to use Photoshop, ArcGIS, SAS, or more? It’s easy to look at Start > All Programs on a managed Windows computer and think that pretty much everything is available to you, because there are hundreds of applications in all those folders. Beyond the most basic software, though (like Office and your browsers), most applications are virtual, which means they are only fully on your computer if you’re on a Northeastern network; off campus, some features and functionality will not be there.
If you need software that you can actually install on your computer, ITS has provided Microsoft Software Center. It’s on every managed laptop and desktop, giving you access to some of the applications that not everyone needs. No ServiceNow requests to submit. No Service Desk calls to make. No local admin rights necessary. You simply choose the software you want.
To get to it, go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft System Center 2012, and the Software Center is right there. When you select it, give the screen that comes up time to populate. It’s going out and fetching the most current list of available software that ITS has tested for use in the Northeastern environment.
Software Center Fall 2014 – click to enlarge
Select what you want from the list, and the Install button will become active. Click, and the installation starts. Easy as that.
Just a note – once the installation finishes, you will see your selected application has disappeared from the Available Software tab. Don’t worry, it’s now under the Installed Software tab, since Software Center recognizes that it is now on your computer.
And if you ever find later that you no longer need software that you previously installed – say Photoshop was only necessary for one project, and now it’s a giant application taking up space on your hard drive – just go to the Installed Software tab, select the application, and click Remove. Again, super simple.
For now, what is available in Software Center is a select list, but ITS is adding more each semester. Open it up and see what’s there every once in a while, look for the “New Software” announcements in the ITS newsletter, or check this chart for a complete view of what is available on a managed computer.