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There are multiple software items available to staff and faculty due to campus license agreements. Not all downloads are available to all staff and faculty.

PERSONAL USE OF MICROSOFT OFFICE

As part of the licensing agreement between SFU and Microsoft, Office 365 for Education has been made available, which grants current staff, students and faculty of SFU the use of Microsoft Office for free!

For full details, and to obtain your personal copy of Office, click here. 

Please note that Office 365 for Education uses servers located outside of Canada, and so the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act must be considered when using this service, as is the case for just about all "cloud" services.


 

OFFICE USE

Additional Software purchases

To purchase software titles not listed below from Microsoft or Adobe, e.g. Visio, Project, Adobe Creative Suite, and Acrobact, contact your IT area representative who can order through:  Microsoft and/or Adobe Products.

Software Download List

  Name OS Available to
Adobe Windows and Mac University Owned Computers
SPSS
Windows or Mac Current Staff / Faculty / Students click here
JMP 13
Windows or Mac Current Staff / Faculty / Students
JMP 12
Windows or Mac Current Staff / Faculty / Students
SAS 9.4 Windows Current Staff / Faculty / Students
SAS 9.3 Windows Current Staff / Faculty / Students
Matlab All platforms Faculty / Researchers / Students
Minitab
Windows Staff / Faculty
S+ 8 Windows, Linux, Solaris Staff / Faculty / Students
  Systat 13 Windows Staff / Faculty
WinRAR Windows Staff / Faculty
Maple
All Platforms Staff / Faculty (upon request)
Trend Micro Anti-virus Windows or Mac

Current Staff / Faculty (upon request)

  For personal use of MS Office,
please see the top of this page.
The following installs are NOT
for individuals.
   
Microsoft Office 2013 Windows Tech Staff / Desktop Support Lead
Microsoft Office 2016 Mac  Tech Staff / Desktop Support Lead
Microsoft Office 2016 Windows Tech Staff / Desktop Support Lead
Microsoft Office 2011 Mac Tech Staff / Desktop Support Lead
Microsoft Office 2010 Windows Tech Staff / Desktop Support Lead
Microsoft Office 2008 Mac Tech Staff / Desktop Support Lead
Microsoft Office 2007 Windows Tech Staff / Desktop Support Lead
       
  GIS Software SFU Library GIS Software Page  
NVivo Research Commons Nvivo Download Page Grad Students, Faculty, and Labs
  ChemOffice/ChemBioOffice Cambridge Software Staff / Faculty / Students
  Other Chemistry software MestReNova, etc  

IT Support Staff who require a copy of Office for installation on SFU-owned machines should contact software@sfu.ca for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I gain access to SPSS/PASW for the Mac?

There is a very limited number of SPSS/PASW licenses for the Mac. If you are faculty/staff, you may download SPSS/PASW for Windows. If you specifically require a Mac license, speak with the LAN administrator for your department. If you still need help, email software@sfu.ca. Please be aware that SPSS/PASW licenses are perpetual and will only be installed on continuous use workstations (such as labs) or long-term faculty/staff. If you require SPSS/PASW in the short-term, you may purchase a 6- or 12-month license for as little as $65 . Short-term licenses are available to students, faculty, or staff.

I am a graduate student. Do I qualify for faculty/staff downloads (Office Use Software only.  Does not apply to Home Use)?

Being a graduate student does not necessarily grant you access to faculty/staff downloads. If you are on payroll (e.g., you're a TA), then you will have access to faculty/staff downloads in most cases.

I am a retiree. Do I qualify for faculty/staff downloads (Office Use Software only.  Does not apply to Home Use)?

No. Retired faculty or staff are not licensed for faculty/staff downloads. There are exceptions for emeritus professors for Maple and Matlab. However these cases are dependent upon the licensing requirements of the individual vendors. Access for the above links is maintained by a mail list - generally if a users' account is not authorized to access the download page, the user is simply not entitled. The Microsoft Office 365 agreement is not covered in this regard.

I am an emeritus professor. Do I qualify for faculty/staff downloads (Office Use Software only.  Does not apply to Home Use)?

As above, it is dependent upon the licensing requirements of the individual vendors, and not all vendors have the same entitlements. For more information, send an email to software@sfu.ca. Access for the above links is maintained by a mail list - generally if a users' account is not authorized to access the download page, the user is simply not entitled. The Microsoft Office 365 agreement is not covered in this regard.

I am on payroll, but I still cannot access faculty/staff downloads.

If you are being paid out of a research grant, you are not licensed for all faculty/staff software. If you have just started a position, it may take time for HR to process your role change. You can check your current role and status online by logging in to the SFU computing account directory and searching for your SFU computing ID. Under the "person" tab you will find your role(s). If neither "faculty" or "staff" appears, something is amiss. Contact your department regarding the issue.

What use cases are covered by the Microsoft Office license?

Microsoft Office may be installed onto any university-owned computer physically located on an SFU campus.

In the case of university owned laptops, the laptops must be used primarily on campus.  This is important both for licensing reasons as well as the fact that the current version of Office requires reactivation by an SFU server on a regular basis.  A machine with the SFU version of Office will cease to function if away from campus for more than 180 days.  

Machines used primarily off campus, university owned or not, should use the Office 365 prpgram (see the very top of this page). This version has no restrictions in terms of use or location.

Continuing, permanent faculty and staff may also be eligible for the Office 365 prpgram (see the very top of this page). This program allows the installation of Office on both a laptop and a desktop computer at home. 

I am a staff/faculty member but a cannot download Maple.

Access to Maple is permitted upon request. Please email maple@sfu.ca requesting access prior to download.

I am a staff/faculty member but cannot download Trend Micro.

Please email your request for download to trend@sfu.ca.

**People paid out of research grants are NOT considered official SFU employees. Sorry!**

If you are still stumped, send an email to software@sfu.ca