All Windows PCs running Windows 7 and using CONNECT will have a number of commonly-used software packages preinstalled, and you can install a number of other programs when needed using the Oxford Applications Installer menu (found on the
Start menu or the System Tray).
This page lists the main programs that you will find either pre-installed or in the Oxford Applications Installer menu. It also gives details of the approach for releasing new versions of applications.
- Adobe Reader DC
- Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client (laptops only)
- Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit) (from August 2016 - was previously Microsoft Office 2010)
- Power PDF Advanced (from August 2016 - was previously Nuance PDF Converter Enterprise)
- VLC Media Player
|7-Zip||File archive manipulation|
|Adobe Digital Editions||Ebook reader and manager|
|CDBurnerXP||For burning CDs and DVDs|
|FileZilla||FTP file transfer client|
|GIMP||Image editing and manipulation|
|Google Chrome||Web browser|
|iTunes||Media library manager and player and more|
|Notepad++||Notepad replacement and source code editor|
|oXygen XML Editor||XML editor and Subversion client|
|Skype for Business Basic||Communications program|
|Tableau Reader||Viewer for Tableau Desktop files|
|Tortoise SVN Client||Subversion client|
Note that as of mid-2018 Skype Classic is being removed; in most cases Skype for for Business Basic should provide equivalent functionality.
A variety of other applications can be added to the Oxford Applications Installer menu on request, or can be installed manually. If you need additional software please request it as per the information on the CONNECT Requests page.
Some packages may be available to a particular department, or to a particular group. This may be necessary due to licensing restrictions or because the software is not usually used outside of that department or group. These packages are either made available on the self-service menu or preinstalled on all PCs.
IT Services will normally apply key security updates as needed in order to help minimise the risk of systems being compromised. In particular IT Services will regularly update browser plugins such as Adobe Flash Player, while minor updates (usually security-related) for Microsoft applications are installed automatically. These updates are generally installed silently without interrupting anyone working on the PC. Note however that some updates require a reboot before they are fully installed. If you do not shut your PC down overnight we do recommend that you restart it regularly to ensure security updates are applied.
For most other programs, when a new major version is released IT Services will generally make it available from the Oxford Applications Installer menu within a few months of release and will remove the previous version from the menu. Any older versions that have already been installed onto PCs will not be removed. Exceptions to this process are listed below.
- Where programs that have a cost associated with the licence (for example Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Visio etc.), IT Services expects to maintain at least two versions at any time.
- IT Services may not make every new version available, particularly where major versions are released very frequently. In some cases IT Services may also release a minor upgrade to a program; for example if it corrects a significant problem or resolves a security vulnerability.
- IT Services will normally only upgrade applications that are specific to a deparment as agreed with the appropriate department. This will generally include Microsoft Office.