There are three types of software available to you on the Virtual Student/Staff Desktop:

1. Default Software

A range of general software is provided on all desktops by default. Below is the list of software available through the Start Menu on the Windows Student/Staff Desktop:

  • 7-Zip
  • Adobe Reader XI
  • Audacity
  • Calculator
  • Chrome
  • EndNote
  • Graphics
    • Inkscape
  • Internet Explorer
  • MATLAB 2019A
  • Microsoft Office 2013
    • Access 2013
    • Excel 2013
    • OneNote 2013
    • Powerpoint 2013
    • Publisher 2013
    • Word 2013
  • OpenOffice 4.1.0
    • OpenOffice Base
    • OpenOffice Calc
    • OpenOffice Draw
    • OpenOffice Impress
    • OpenOffice Math
    • OpenOffice Writer
  • Paint
  • Photo Gallery
  • R Project
  • R
    • R
    • RStudio
  • Read & Write aka Text Reader:
    (Type Read in the Start menu box)
  • Remote Desktop Connection
  • Snipping Tool
  • Sound Recorder
  • SPSS Statistics 23
  • TextHelp:
    (Type Read in the Start menu box)
  • VLC
  • Windows Media Player
  • Wordpad

To find a piece of software:

  1. Press the Windows key or open the Start Menu.
  2. Type the name of the software in the Search box or browse All Programs.

Screenshot showing how to access the default software on the Student or Staff Desktop via Windows the Start menu

2. Course-specific Software

If your course requires specific software, it will be made available to you on the Student/Staff Desktop. To access it:

  1. Go to the Start Menu > All Programs > Course Specific Software or...
  2. Press the Windows key (or open the Start Menu) then type the name of the software in the Search box

3. Software Available on Request

Other software is available on request:

Software available on request for Student Desktop/Staff Desktop

If you think you should have access to a particular application for your course but you can't find it in Student Desktop/Staff Desktop, contact AskOtago:

Freephone 0800 80 80 98 (within New Zealand)
Tel +64 3 479 7000

Last updated 29/11/2021 10.11 AM

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