Software

The Office of the CIO offers a variety of public domain, bulk purchase, and site-licensed software to the OSU community. Distribution of site licensed software varies according to the application; see Distribution Methods below for details.

Site Licensed Software

 Available Software by Platform

Access to download software from the OCIO site is restricted to current Ohio State University faculty, staff, and students. The right to distribution of site licensed software is limited to the Office of the CIO. Individuals are strictly prohibited from loaning such software or making a copy for anyone else.

 Distribution Methods

There is a complete summary of all software available from OCIO at the Available Software by Platform list above. Software is distributed via several channels, but all software on our local servers can be requested through our self-service pages. Software distribution methods include:

  • Electronic distribution via the software distribution server (start at our self-service pages).
  • Additional Site Licensed Software distribution can be obtained from three walk-in areas on campus:
    • WiredOut in Central Classrooms offers the Microsoft Personal Use software and the Adobe Personal Use software.
    • Station88 in the Ohio Union offers the same selection of Microsoft Personal Use software that WiredOut does.
    • The BuckeyeBar in Thompson Library is the primary distribution point for software media distributed directly by OCIO that is not available via download. Some software is provided on a media exchange/loan out basis, while other packages can be purchased at discount. If you request software from OCIO, you will be notified when it is prepared for pickup.
  • Registered Site License Software coordinators can request certain additional software products for departmental distribution. An SLS Coordinator is authorized through their department chair or unit director to partner with OCIO to distribute site licensed software to end users within their department or unit. They must be a regular faculty or staff employee. You may request to become a coordinator through our self-service pages (select "more options" under the software services order forms).

NOTE: If you as the end user wish to send a student or other employee (proxy) to pick up your software, that proxy must provide the BuckeyeBar with a note signed by you authorizing the proxy to get the software media and, if applicable, a properly filled out eRequest or an eRequest reference number.

Microsoft Campus Agreement

The Ohio State University has a Microsoft Campus Agreement for a suite of software for use by faculty and staff on OSU-owned equipment. Additionally, faculty, staff, and students have personal-use options on this license. Campus Agreement software is distributed as a license subscription, with the current contract period ending on June 30, 2018.

Learn more about the Microsoft Campus Agreement.


Adobe Acrobat Enterprise License Agreement

The Ohio State University has an enterprise-wide license for use of Adobe Acrobat Professional (including upgrades) by faculty and staff on OSU-owned and personally-owned machines, including student lab use. This software is distributed as a license subscription, with the current contract period ending on June 30, 2015.

Learn more about the Adobe ELA.


Software Management Guidelines

Software management guidelines are detailed in Software Life-Cycle Management Guidelines, and testing and acquisition decisions are aided by the Site License Advisory Team.