Personal Computer/Software Purchasing Info

Personal Computer/Software Purchasing Info

Faculty, staff, and students interested in purchasing new computer hardware or software for their personal use should always check this page carefully for discounts available. Many products are available either free or with highly discounted pricing.

Please note that neither Bloomsburg University nor the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have any financial interest in these transactions.

Computer Purchasing Information

Discount opportunities are available through this customized Apple Store for faculty, staff, and students interested in purchasing a personal computer.

Tips for students purchasing a new computer are provided on the Residential Computing website.

Microsoft Office software - FREE for Students

Option #1 - Office Web Apps - basic-featured - runs in web browser
Your Office365 student email account also offers access to Office Web Apps and the OneDrive cloud storage solution to automatically save your Office Web App files. Office Web Apps currently include Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online. They can be accessed through the App Drawer in the upper left corner of your student email account webmail. To get started, please see this Introduction to Office Web Apps and OneDrive.

Option #2 - Office ProPlus software - full-featured - installs on device
Microsoft Office 365 Professional Plus is available to students free of charge for personal use on up to five devices. This software can be downloaded from the software section of "Office 365 settings" located on the gear menu in the upper right corner of your student email account webmail.
Microsoft Office ProPlus Installation and Activation Walkthrough: PC | Mac

Important information for successfully activating Office ProPlus:
Mac: Mac users must choose Office 2016, which requires at least Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite), a free upgrade if you are running Mac OS 10.6.8 or later.
PC: Until Office 2016 for PC is released during Fall 2015, PC users must choose Office 2013. If you initially connected your device to the BU network before July 30, 2015, you need to first enable Modern Authentication for Office 2013 (advanced registry key info), which can be accomplished by downloading and running this zipped REG file (preferred) or this MSI file. Beginning July 30, 2015, modern authentication is automatically enabled by the BU network JoinNow client.

Microsoft Windows and Office software - Faculty/Staff

For faculty and staff, the PASSHE Microsoft Campus Licensing Agreement maintains the Work at Home (WAH) licensing rights to install the current version of Microsoft Office for Windows and Macintosh as well as the Windows Operating System for a very nominal cost. Faculty/Staff should contact the University Bookstore for details.

Mathematica software - available free

Mathematica is available free of charge to all PASSHE faculty, staff, and students. If interested in getting a faculty home use license, visit the mathematica support site while on campus to receive information on obtaining a free copy. Students may request a free copy of the program by emailing Cheryl Stahler at cstahler@bloomu.edu

Software Discounts from Kivuto / OnTheHub

This customized Kivuto OnTheHub eStore offers software discounts for faculty, staff, and students on the purchase or rental of a variety of products including Adobe Creative Cloud, Minitab, JMP, SPSS, LabView, and Multisim.

Through our Work at Home agreement with Adobe, Faculty and Staff members are able to order the Adobe Creative Cloud for a very nominal fee.

Microsoft Software Discounts from JourneyEd

The Office of Technology, in cooperation with the State System of Higher Education and JourneyEd.com, has a system wide licensing agreement with Microsoft that will allow students, faculty, and staff to purchase products at greatly discounted prices.

  • To take advantage of these savings, visit the customized JourneyEd web site and follow directions to make a purchase.
  • This site lists which products are available, complete with purchase price.
  • Savings are on Microsoft products only.
  • While the web site does have other product offerings, the pricing is competitive with other mail-order vendors.
  • Be sure to get the best deal. Certain Microsoft products (i.e. Microsoft Office) are made available through the university at a more deeply discounted (or Free!) rate so they should not be purchased through JourneyEd. Check the top of this page for details on those other offerings.

Lynda Tutorials

Faculty, Staff, and Students have free access to tutorials designed to improve skills in the use of common and specialized software by using the customized Lynda.com website, http://lynda.bloomu.edu/