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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!

These installs for Macs and Windows are the same Office 2016 desktop applications you use on campus.

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.

 

I should have access already - where do I reset my password?

Password resets are accomplished by the same function on SFU sign up page to verify your eligibility and send you a new password.


Software Download List

  Name OS Available to
Adobe Windows and Mac University-Owned Computers
SPSS
Windows or Mac Current Staff / Faculty only
Students click here to purchase
JMP 14
Windows or Mac Current Staff / Faculty / Students
SAS 9.4 Windows or Linux Current Staff / Faculty / Students
Matlab All platforms Faculty / Researchers / Students
Minitab
Windows Staff / Faculty only
S+ 8 Windows, Linux, Solaris Staff / Faculty / Students
  Systat 13 Windows Staff / Faculty only
WinRAR Windows Staff / Faculty only
Maple
All Platforms Staff / Faculty (upon request)
Trend Micro Anti-virus Windows or Mac

Current Staff / Faculty (upon request)

Solidworks Windows 10 64-bit only Current Staff / Faculty / Students
  Additional research support software Library Research support software Various
  GIS Software SFU Library GIS Software Page Current Staff / Faculty / Students
NVivo Research Commons Nvivo Download Page Grad Students, Faculty, and Labs
  ChemOffice/ChemBioOffice Cambridge Software Staff / Faculty / Students
  Other Chemistry software MestReNova, etc Staff / Faculty / Students
Available on campus only.
  Stata Campus GradPlan pricing Campus Pricing  
  Autodesk AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Maya, Mudbox, Revit and more Autodesk Education All Education Users

DEPARTMENTAL STAFF AND LAB USE

Additional software purchases for University office computers

To purchase software titles not listed above 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. This will require departmental signing authority.

IT Support Staff access for Office install media

The following installs are NOT for individuals.

  Name OS Available to:
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 2019 Mac  Tech Staff / Desktop Support Lead
Microsoft Office 2019 Windows Tech Staff / Desktop Support Lead

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

My faculty is supposed to have Azure Dev Tools for Teaching access - how do I access this software?

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (was Imagine, was Dreamspark, was MSDNAA) is purchased by individual schools within the University, not centrally by IT Services. It is therefore administered by each department. As a student or instructor, if you believe you are eligible for MS ADTT software, please see your departmental assistant or instructor.

Currently, the following departments are known to be participating in their own Microsoft ADTT agreements:

If in doubt, simply try logging directly into the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching portal. Please remember to use the exact same account you generated via the Office 365 for Education program.

 

My faculty is supposed to have VMWare for Teaching access - how do I access this software?

VMWare for Teaching is purchased by individual schools within the University, not centrally by IT Services. It is therefore administered by each department. As a student or instructor, if you believe you are eligible for VMWare software, please see your departmental assistant or instructor.

Currently, the following departments are known to be participating in their own VMWare agreements:

  • School of Interactive Arts and Technology:

 

How can I gain access to SPSS for the Mac?

There is a limited number of SPSS licenses for the Mac. If you are faculty/staff, you may download SPSS 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 licenses are perpetual and will only be installed on continuous use workstations (such as labs) or long-term faculty/staff. If you require SPSS 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?

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 many cases.

I am a retiree. Do I qualify for faculty/staff downloads?

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.

Retirees are not eligible for Microsoft Office 365 nor for the Adobe Pro apps.

I am an emeritus professor. Do I qualify for faculty/staff downloads?

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.

Professors emeriti are not eligible for Microsoft Office 365 nor for the Adobe Pro apps.

I am an adjunct professor. Do I qualify for faculty/staff downloads?

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.

Adjunct professors are not eligible for Microsoft Office 365 nor for the Adobe Pro apps.

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?

Let's set some definitions. There are two license types currently:

  1. Campus Volume Licensing
  2. Office 365

Microsoft Office Campus Volume Licensing 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 re-activation by an SFU server on a regular basis.  A machine with the Microsoft Office Campus Volume Licensing will cease to function if away from campus for more than 180 days. Activation works on wired and wireless, on any SFU campus.

Logically then, machines used primarily off campus (University owned or not) should use the Office 365 program (see the very top of this page). This version has no restrictions in terms of use or location. Activation and authorization is handled via a login mechanism built into the Office suite. SFU plays a negligible role.

Continuing, permanent faculty and staff may also be eligible for the Office 365 program (see the very top of this page). This program allows the installation of Office on up to five computers, regardless of physical location.  

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