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"It's not magic, it's UBIT!" - the UBIT Fairy, browsing our software titles on her smartphone.

By Daniel Heuskin

Published September 26, 2016

You didn’t already buy MS Office, did you? UB is pleased to offer students, faculty, and staff Microsoft Office and other software FREE through UBIT's website.

Daniel Heuskin (UB Student, Class of 2017) is originally from Long Island, NY. He is studying English at UB with aspirations to become a teacher or writer. In his free time, he enjoys playing bass guitar, doing nature photography, writing songs and reading.

If you are new to UB or haven’t been constantly refreshing our Software section pages, here is a recap of the latest software versions available from UBIT.  


UBbox is the new, modern cloud file storage and sharing solution at UB. When you log into a computer in a UB cybrary, UBbox will appear on the desktop. By downloading UBbox to your laptop or phone, it stays synced between all of your devices, so you can access your private up-to-date UB storage from anywhere. UBbox also has advanced features for collaborating and sharing with other UBbox clients (think fellow students, teachers and club members). You can leave comments, delegate tasks and give access permissions. UBbox lets you edit hundreds of document types, including PowerPoint presentations and Word documents, from directly within UBbox.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.7004

Symantec Endpoint Protection anti-virus and firewall has made a number of great improvements in 2016. VMware vShield protects your computer when using a virtual machine, such as My Virtual Computing Lab, and is more efficient than ever before. This is especially beneficial when working from a laptop or PC with limited resources. Symantec’s interface has also been greatly simplified. 
Symantec Endpoint Protection is among the highest-rated anti-virus software services available. The only downside is its price, but UB students, faculty and staff can enjoy it at no cost.

Maple 2016

Maple is powerful math software with a highly accessible interface, making it easy to analyze and solve advanced math problems. The 2016 version introduces plenty of useful new features, only a few of which are listed here. A new Clickable Math feature lets you perform new operations with the click of a button, while Explore makes it possible to create complex interactive applications quickly and simply. You can even browse through over 900 solutions to Einstein’s field equations for space-time metrics and use them in your computations.

Matlab R2016a

Matlab is an advanced programming language and coding environment with a vast reservoir of toolboxes, documentation and support. Matlab R2016a includes many new features, like the ability to create and run scripts live and to pause the execution of a program from the new Live Editor. The new version also includes numerous improvements in functionality and performance.

Mathematica 11.0.0

Mathematica is an advanced computer algebra software that integrates numeric and symbolic computations, graphics and programming language documentation into a single program. An evolutionary leap beyond graphing calculators, Mathematica 11.0.0 offers features that go beyond Maple. The new version offers vastly improved features in machine learning, geographical computation, 3D printing, geometric computation, graphics, statistics, language processing and much more. For a detailed summary of Mathematica’s latest functionality, check out the company’s website.

Cisco AnyConnect

If you want to connect to UB services such as My Virtual Computing Lab while off campus, Cisco AnyConnect is the one piece of free software you’ll need. It’s a VPN (Virtual Private Network), which lets you connect to UB’s networks from off campus. The new version for Mac works with OS 10.12 Sierra, and the new Windows version no longer supports Vista.

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