Technology Support Services: Hardware and Software


HARDWARE for Departments and Students
SOFTWARE in Computer Labs (See Live Maps) |University Device |Personal Device

Computer Equipment for University Departments

ITS has worked with Purchasing and Dell to streamline the process for purchasing Dell computers. Based on the University's previous purchasing history, we were able to identify common models that were frequently purchased and streamline the ordering process by bidding out the standard models and locking in pricing. The standard models meet recommended requirements for new computers and include an extended warranty.

To order a standard Dell Desktop or Laptop, please visit:

Departments interested in buying equipment (Apple or PC) should request a price quote or contact the ITS Help Desk at x7-6420 before ordering computer equipment. ITS supports and provides warranty repair services for Dell and Apple devices purchased for the University.

Computer Repair

Information Technology Services (ITS) has staff that are Dell and Apple Certified repair technicians. We are able to repair Dell and Apple University owned devices; whether or not the device is under warranty. For devices no longer under warranty, ITS can provide an estimate for the parts and complete the repair if desired. To request assistance with University owned Dell and Apple devices, please go to IT Self Service or contact the ITS Help Desk.

Student Computing Solutions

First check with your department, as they will have proper recommendations for you (such as Apple/PC, laptop/desktop, etc.), then go from there.

Nursing, Pharmacy, and School of Management students are required to have a laptop. Other programs do not require a computer, but we recommend that students have a computer for their convenience. Students tend to prefer laptops since they are mobile and allow the student to work anywhere.

We recommend checking with the school or program for specific requirements, but our general recommended specs for student computers are:

Minimum specs for a student computer are:

  • Intel i5 or i7 processor (or equivalent)
  • 8-16 GB RAM
  • 256 GB Solid State Hard-drive (SSD)
  • 1-3 year manufacturer's warranty

Recommended specs for a new student computer, to last 4 years:

  • Windows 10 64bit or MacOS X
  • Intel i5 or i7 Processor
  • 16 GB+ Memory
  • 256 GB Solid State Hard-drive (SSD) or larger SSD drive
  • 3 yr. on-site warranty (this should be a manufacturer warranty, not a third party like Best Buy or Staples)

Apple and Dell both have discounts for students available at:

Binghamton University does not endorse any of these vendors or their offers other than to provide the options to our students.


Publicly Accessible Software

Information Technology Services maintains many software packages which are accessible to Faculty, Staff, and Students at Binghamton University. Many software applications are available in the Public Computing Labs (PODs) via Live Maps and through BingView. To search for available software applications available in the Public Computing Labs in Live Maps click or PODs Directory, click on POD, and then click on the  "software availability" link.

Public Computing Areas (PODs) Software Request

Faculty and staff who need specialized software available in our Public Computing areas can complete a Public Computing Software Request through IT Self Service.

Fall 2019 due by July 19, 2019
Winter 2019 due by November 15, 2019
Spring 2020 due by December 20, 2019

Software For Your Computer

University Owned Device:

If you need software installed on your University-owned device, please visit IT Self Service and Request Software. You can also contact the ITS Help Desk at 607-777-6420 if you prefer to submit the request over the phone.

Operating Systems:

Windows Operating System
ITS provides and recommends Windows 10 Enterprise or Education for all University owned PCs. If your PC needs to be upgraded, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 607-777-6420 to request an operating system upgrade.

Mac Operating System
ITS recommends the latest version.

ITS recommends the latest version of Ubuntu.

Anti-Virus Software
For free anti-virus protection click here. Universities are breeding grounds for viruses, trojan horse programs and worms due to persistent network connections and lots of file sharing. Don't lose your next term paper because you weren't protected!

Virtual Desktop
Bingview is the campus virtual desktop initiative, was started in 2008 as a pilot project with initial financial support coming from ITS and the Watson School of Engineering. The initial purpose was to provide remote access to University licensed applications. MORE...  Bingview on Mac

Personal Device:

Mathematica & Wolfram/Alpha Pro
For information visit: Mathematica & Wolfram/Alpha Pro. It is available to students, faculty, and staff.

Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office 365 is available to students, faculty, and staff to install on up to 5 personal devices. For additional information visit: Microsoft Office 365

Qualtrics -
The Qualtrics Survey Service allows the campus community to easily create surveys, collect and store data, and produce reports.

FTP Server - Software Downloads
Information Technology Services maintains an FTP server with software available for students, faculty, and staff. The server is available at

myCourses is a Course Management System used by instructors to generate information, communicate with students, record grades, and implement many other tools that can be beneficial to a successful online learning environment. Using myCourses, instructors develop web pages to publish instructional materials, group activities, tests, and quizzes, as well as a managed grade book.

Binghamton University has a site license for Turnitin, one of the leading online anti-plagiarism programs. The integration of Turnitin with the myCourses course management system allows instructors to check papers for originality using Turnitin's plagiarism prevention system without ever leaving the myCourses environment. Contact the Help Desk for any information.

Binghamton University Mobile App - bMobi
Binghamton University offers users a free app (bMobi) for easy access to campus news and events. The bMobi app gives you access to Binghamton University information you want on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad) via iTunes or Android device via Google Play.

With bMobi you can find people, locate buses, check the laundry availability, check course schedule, locate classes, find your way around campus, see the Daily Photo and other useful features.

To install bMobi and for more information about this app go to

Anti-virus Software
ITS strongly recommends that any computer (Windows or Mac) have modern, updated Antivirus software. ITS installs Anti-virus software on University-owned computers when they are set up and configured. You should ensure your personal computer also has modern, updated Anti-virus software.

Windows - Microsoft Defender/EndPoint Protection
Defender for Windows

Macintosh - Sophos Software
Sophos AntiVirus for Mac