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Common Operating Environment (COE)

What is the Common Operating Environment?

The Common Operating Environment (COE) is a list of software that is commonly used and supported on all McCombs computers. COE exists so that software is automatically updated to the most current version and that users have easy access to properly licensed software.

Note that the COE is not a complete list of software used and supported throughout the college, but it includes software that is used in several courses on a recurring basis. Not all users require the use of all software in the COE and not all software is applicable to every user. Some software may have special licensing and distribution requirements. Please see the sections below for more information about each specific software package. For questions, comments or requests about the COE, please e-mail James Coombes 
 

Software Descriptions

Click a software title for a brief description and download links. All software is pre-installed on faculty/staff computers, student notebooks, and lab computers unless noted otherwise. 
Standard software        
  • Windows 7

    Windows 7 will replace Windows XP as the standard operating for office and lab computers in the Business School and for faculty and staff notebooks. Please visit the Microsoft Windows Update page for the latest security updates. The Microsoft Campus agreement allows faculty, staff and students to upgrade a computer to the latest versions of Windows as long as a legal copy of Windows was purchased for the computer. For a computer that was purchased without an operating system or with Linux, a legal copy of Windows must first be purchased to be eligible for future free upgrades. Install media to upgrade to Windows 7 can also be purchased by all faculty, staff and students at the Campus Computer Store.

  • Acrobat Reader X

    This utility allows you to view and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files. This software is free of charge and can be downloaded from Bevoware.

  • Cisco VPN Client

    This utility allows you to connect in through the University's VPN system. Please visit the Virtual Private Network page for more information about the university's VPN system. This software has been licensed for use at the University and may be downloaded free of charge from Bevoware. Vista 64-bit requires a slightly different client, Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, which can be downloaded free of charge from the UT WebVPN Service.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

    The .NET Framework is a software technology used in many Windows based applications. It is installed as part of Windows, but it can be independently updated as needed. The latest version, 3.5 sp1, is required for some of the software in the COE. Download .NET Framework 3.5 free of charge.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0

    Internet Explorer is Microsoft's web browser. It is installed as part of Windows, but it can be independently updated as needed. The software is free of charge and latest version can be obtained from Microsoft at Internet Explorer downloads.

  • Microsoft Office Enterprise 2010

    Please submit a help request at Tech Support if you need Office 2010 installed.

    Office 2010 will be installed onto all lab computers.

    The Microsoft Office Enterprise Suite is the main set of desktop applications used at the Business School. It includes the following applications:

    • Word
    • Excel
    • Outlook
    • PowerPoint
    • Publisher
    • Access
    • InfoPath
    • Communicator (new with Enterprise edition)
    • OneNote
    • Groove

    The Microsoft Campus Agreement (MSCA) permits Office to be installed onto all University owned computers. In addition, employees can install it onto one home computer.

    Tech Support installs Office onto University owned computer at the McCombs School of Business when the systems are setup. They will also assist with upgrades on those same computers upon request. Employees should purchased the media to install Office on home computers from the Campus Computer Store.

    The Microsoft Campus Agreement permits students to use Office one personally owned computer. Student COE notebooks come with Office preinstalled. Students without COE notebooks should purchased the media to install Office from the Campus Computer Store.

    Faculty and staff should contact Tech Support if they require Office to be installed or reinstalled onto a University owned computer.

    Employees are no longer able to use this software on a home computer without purchasing a license once they retire from the University. Students that graduate may continue to use the version installed on their computer at the time of graduation. Students that leave the university without graduating must purchase a license to continue to legally use the software.

    Project and Visio are additional Office applications that are no longer part of the COE. However, these are installed in the labs and may be distributed to faculty and students under certain circumstances. Please see the sub-section called "courses" under How do I get COE and Other software?.

  • Microsoft Forefront Security

    The Microsoft Forefront Security client replaces Symantec Antivirus Client as the virus protection solution used at the McCombs School of Business and University of Texas at Austin. This software has been licensed for use at the University and may be downloaded free of charge from Bevoware.

    Upon graduation, students will no longer be able to receive antivirus updates for this software, so they are encouraged to purchase this or another antivirus client upon graduation.
  • QuickTime

    This is the a multimedia player from Apple. Along with Windows Media Player (installed with Windows), you can use this software to play audio and video files of various formats. Viewing the university's online compliance modules requires QuickTime. This software is free of charge and may be downloaded from Bevoware

    QuickTime is pre-installed on faculty/staff computers and lab computers. It may be optionally installed on student notebooks.


Optional software -- free for any use        
  • Microsoft SQL 2008 Mgmt Studio Express

    This is a client utility used to connect to Microsoft SQL database servers. It is needed only by developers or faculty and students involved in research or courses that use Microsoft SQL databases. Download Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio free of charge from Microsoft. For additional information on installing SQL Management Studio please visit this wiki article.

    Microsoft SQL 2008 Management Studio is pre-installed on lab computers. It may be optionally installed on faculty/staff computers and student notebooks.


Optional software -- "free" for academic use only -- all other uses require the purchase of a license
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

    Visual Studio is a large suite of development applications. It is primarily used by developers and several faculty and courses at the Business School.

    Use of this software on university owned computers at the McCombs School of Business is covered by a special academic licensing agreement with Microsoft (MSDN-AA). The software can only be installed onto lab computers and faculty computers if the faculty use it for teaching or research. Any other use of Visual Studio on university owned computers requires the purchase of a license.

    Through the DreamSpark program, students are eligible to install this software free of charge onto one personally owned computer. Students should visit Dreamspark page for more information about this.

    Faculty and staff should contact Tech Support if they need this software installed.

    Employees are no longer able to use this software on a home computer without purchasing a license once they retire from the University. Students that graduate may continue to use the version installed on their computer at the time of graduation. Students that leave the university without graduating must purchase a license to continue to legally use the software.
  • Decision Tools Standard 6.1

    Decision Tools is a package of statistical software that nearly every student at the Business School will use in some class sooner or later. The software comes in various configurations including a free student version that ships with textbooks and several retail flavors that start over $1000 per copy. Please visit the publisher's website at for more up-to-date information.

    At the Business school we have negotiated an annual volume license agreement for Decision Tools Suite Professional Edition. This covers all lab computers, one personally owned computer for each Business School student, and one office computer and one home computer for each faculty member that uses Decisions Tools for teaching or research. The non-academic use of Decision Tools is not covered by this license agreement.

    Please visit the Decision Tools download page for instructions on acquiring the COE version of Decision Tools 6.1 (UTEID authentication required).

    This software is only available for Windows. To install this onto a Macintosh you should first create a virtual machine on your computer and install Microsoft Windows and Office into it. If you do not currently have a Windows VM available on your computer (or a dual boot Mac/Windows computer), then you have a couple of options:

    1)  Run Decision Tools remotely using our new mCloud service. Please visit http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/Tech/mCloud for more information about this. This is the quickest and easiest option. mCloud applications can even be accessed from an iPad, Android tablet or smartphone. However, you need to be online to access the mCloud applications.

    2)  Visit the SWAT Shop to request assistance in installing a VM. They have one that also includes Decision Tools preinstalled. With a local VM you can use the software while disconnected from the Internet. However, this requires MacOS 10.6.7 or latter with 2 GB of free RAM and 10 GB of free space. It is also more time consuming and complicated to set up.

How do I get COE and other software?

Software is available directly from McCombs Computer Services, external web sites where you can download and install it for yourself, and some software must be installed by McCombs Tech Support or must be purchased from the Campus Computer Store.

The options below list other ways to obtain both COE and non-COE software. These are the preferred options to obtain software free of charge or at specially reduced academic or state prices.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff should contact Tech Support for questions about obtaining or installing software.

Students

Students should contact the SWAT Shop for questions about obtaining or installing software.

Labs

All lab computers will have a complete install of COE software except for the VPN client. For information what other software is installed on lab computers or to request additional software, please visit the Lab Support page.

Courses

For courses that use certain Microsoft software packages not available in the COE, students may be able to download the software from the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance.

Are there any special licensing requirements?

Some applications such as WinZip and Decision Tools are licensed with specific usage terms. These terms are addressed in the software sections below for each application.

Various Microsoft products are available under several licensing programs. Windows and Office are the only Microsoft products licensed for general use. Many other Microsoft products are licensed for academic use by faculty and students. Staff must purchase licenses for any Microsoft products other than Windows, Office and those that are publically available free of charge. Specific licensing terms are addressed in the software sections below for each application.

If you are interested, you can find more information at the following URLs about the various Microsoft licensing programs in effect at the McCombs School of Business:

Note on ISO Files

Some software on this page is downloadable in an ISO format. An ISO file is a file copy of a CD or DVD. Most computers today come with a CD/DVD drive and software that is capable of "burning" files to a writeable CD/DVD. An ISO file must be copied to a CD/DVD before software can be installed from it. If you do not have such a computer, you can instead use an application to create a virtual CD/DVD drive to to access an ISO file. One popular (and free) application that will allow you to do this is Virtual Clone Drive from SlySoft. You can download this software from Slysoft.

Page last updated: 8/7/2014