Hardware & Software

Hardware & software

The MSU Technology Store offers educational pricing and discounts on devices, software, and accessories for the MSU community and departments.

Students, faculty, and staff can use the Tech Store for personal purchases and computer repair services. (New students should review the MSU Computer Requirement.)

Tech Store software licenses can be used by individual students, faculty, and staff. There are also licenses for departmental use and campus site licenses.

MSU covers the cost to use the following software and applications:

MSU has volume licenses available at a discount for the following software and applications:

  • Adobe Multimedia Authoring Tools
  • ESRI Geographical Information System
  • JPM and SASS
  • IBM/SPSS
  • Mathematica
  • Minitab
  • NVivo Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Techsmith Screen Capture
  • VMware Virtualization

Site licenses

MSU IT manages multiple software license servers controlling access to various software packages in use on campus. Some site-licensed and concurrent-use software are also controlled by via vendor server implementations.

Some of the site licenses sold by the Tech Store are perpetual so customers don’t have to renew them. Some are on an annual contract cycle and need to be renewed each year when they expire. General software control is managed via Sassafras KeyServer software.

MSU IT also provides audit support for campus software licenses and departments.

Contact the MSU Site License Coordinator in the Tech Store at (517) 432-0700 to consult about software site licensing opportunities.

Classroom & computer lab software

MSU IT develops, implements, and manages software in university classrooms and computer labs, supporting more than 2,000 PCs and Macs and more than 200 software applications.

Software is provided for instructional and non-instructional use in educational settings and is developed to the specifications of faculty and staff users.

Most instructional implementations are provided by MSU, however, licensing fees associated with new software requests and system software licensing fees may impact pricing. Costs are determined on a per-request basis. (See the list of current computer lab and classroom software. )

Software implementations are based on the best options available and may utilize virtualization, local installation, network-based software, or remote deployment.