Applications on the managed staff PC

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  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Application Manager
  • Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client (laptops only)
  • eduroam CAT (laptops only)
  • Foundry Sterling Fonts
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Java 8 (JRE Runtime 1.8)
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016/2019
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Sophos Endpoint Agent
  • VLC Player

Microsoft Office 2016/2019 Upgrade

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019 will be installed on new PCs from July 2022. Older PCs will have been supplied with Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016, but can be upgraded via the Oxford Applications Installer. Any remaining Office 2016 installations will be upgraded automatically from 1st December 2022.


A wide range of additional free or site-licensed software is available for self-installation at any time using the Oxford Application Installer.

This includes:

  • 7-Zip
  • Adobe CC Application Manager
  • Adobe Digital Editions
  • Aleph 500 (Bodleian - on request)
  • Amazon AppStream Client (Museum EMu users)
  • Audacity
  • Citrix Workspace
  • EndNote
  • Filezilla
  • FireFox Browser
  • GIMP
  • Google Chrome
  • (Research Services - on request)
  • HP Quality Centre (IT Services - on request)
  • iTunes
  • KeePass
  • Kofax (formerly Nuance) Power PDF Advanced
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019
  • Microsoft PowerToys
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Notepad++
  • Panopto Manual Recorder
  • PuTTY SSH Client
  • Skype for Business 2016
  • Smart card reader (Finance - on request)
  • Tableau Reader

Many other applications are available, but typically require a licence to be provided or purchased before installation. Please submit an application installation service request so that we can advise you on availability and licensing requirements.

Adobe Licensing

Adobe Creative Cloud products are licensed on an annual subscription basis through Adobe's VIP scheme. A full list of the applications and pricing is available from the software shop. Per-user licences will be ordered and assigned to your Oxford email address. After you have ordered a Creative Cloud application, you will need to create an Adobe ID with your Oxford email address as your username in order to use the software. Available products include:

  • Adobe Captivate 2019
  • Photoshop Elements 2019

Lightroom and Premier Elements are also available under the Adobe CLP perpetual licensing scheme.

Please order all software, including Adobe licences, through our purchasing form to ensure that licences are bought against the correct Adobe account numbers.

Web Browser Extensions

You are free to install add ins/extensions within your browser, you should not require admin rights to do this. Active X controls (for Internet Explorer) do need administrative rights to install, please contact the Service Desk if you require this and we will review any security implications before installing them.

Please be aware that updates to browsers may render certain add ins unusable or unstable. If you are experiencing problems with your browser, and you have installed add ins, you should try running your browser in safe mode to see if an installed add ins is causing the problem. If your browser runs correctly in safe mode, you should disable the add ins one by one to determine which one has caused the problem.

Internet Explorer: Click start – in the search box type “iexplore.exe –extoff” without the quotes and hit enter.

Firefox: Open Firefox as normal. Click the 'Menu' icon, click 'Help' and select 'Restart with Add-ins disabled.

Chrome: Open chrome and click the 'Menu', then 'More Tools' and 'Extensions'. Uncheck all the extensions listed and then restart the browser.

Other applications

The following applications can be installed on request. Evidence of an unallocated licensed will be required for relevant products. You can use the Supported IT equipment purchasing form (or purchasing form for IT Services) to order a licence and application installation together.

  • ArcGIS Desktop
  • Archivists Toolkit
  • Autodesk AutoCAD LT
  • Autodesk DWG TrueView
  • Bluefish
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite
  • DataLoad Classic
  • DYMO Label
  • EiS XL Connect
  • FortiClient
  • IBM Cognos Analysis for MS Excel
  • IDAutomation LinearXActiveX
  • Inkscape
  • KE EMu
  • MarcEdit
  • Matlab
  • Mendeley Desktop
  • Microsoft Office 2019 64-bit
  • Microsoft Project Professional 2016
  • Microsoft Project Standard 2016
  • Microsoft SQL Native Client 2012
  • Microsoft Visio Professional 2016
  • Microsoft Visio Standard 2016
  • MiKTeX
  • NVivo
  • OpenScape Web Embedded
  • OpenScape Contact Centre Manager
  • Oracle Client
  • Oracle SQL Developer
  • oXygen XML editor
  • psqlODBC
  • R
  • R Studio
  • Salto IO Bridge
  • Scribus
  • SnagIt
  • SplashBI plugin for Excel
  • SPSS
  • Texmaker
  • WinCHILL
  • Workrave
  • Zotero Standalone

A number of additional applications can be installed under your normal login. These are not managed by us and we cannot provide any assurances, advice or support for them further than the information provided here.

Important: software licensing

You are responsible for ensuring that you are appropriately licensed for your installation and use of any software applications that are not managed by us:

  • All software must be licensed, even if it is free
  • Personal-use and many non-commercial licenses are not adequate
  • You must retain evidence of your license to install and use the software, and be able to present this on request

Important: security and updates

You must ensure that any unmanaged software that you install or use is secure:

  • Review the software and ensure that it is free from any security, functional or non-functional issues
  • Check for, review and install security updates - these should be installed within 24hrs of release (or before any other use of the PC) where a vulnerability is addressed
  • You should be prepared to provide compliance information such as a third-party security assessment or data privacy impact assessment in relation to the software or your use of any unmanaged software

The following applications may be used as unmanaged applications:

  • NVDA - screen reader - run the installer
  • OpenSSL - X509 certificate manager / SSL client (do not use as SSL server) - unzip and run from local directory

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