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What software comes with an SCI computer?

All SCI computers come with an impressive suite of software for your academic work and computing needs.  The software suite for each SCI computer model is archived in a computer image, which is a tool all OIT computing support staff have access to to quickly restore your computer to its original operating state, should you ever need it.

Math, science, and engineering majors should consider adding the Math/Science/Engineering sofware suite. 

Core SCI software suite

  • Microsoft Office:  Office 365 ProPlus (Please see Macintosh and WIndows below for details)
  • Mozilla Firefox:  A web browser for browsing the Internet
  • Mozilla Thunderbird:  An e-mail client for managing your academic and personal e-mail
  • Google Chrome: Browser
  • Google Drive: File Storage
  • Adobe Reader: Displays PDF documents
  • Apple iTunes: For listening to music and accessing Apple's online store
  • Quicktime: Streaming audio and video player for listening to and viewing video and audio files from the Internet
  • Shockwave and Flash plug-ins: For playing interactive web content
  • Audacity: Audio editor and recorder
  • GIMP: Image Manipulation
  • Handbrake: Video Transcoder
  • Inkscape: Professional Vector Graphics Editor
  • MPEG Streamclip: Video converter/editor
  • VLC: Video Player
  • FileZilla: For secure file transfers to and from Unix servers

Macintosh software

In addition to the core software suite, Macintosh SCI computers also include:

  • Macintosh OS X 10.9
  • Office 365: Download at no charge (See
  • iLife (current version): Includes iDVD, iMovie, iTunes, Garageband
  • Flip4Mac WMV: Import, export, and play Windows Media video
  • ClamXAV: Anti-virus software
  • TextWranger: HTML and text Editor
  • Skim: PDF Reader and annotator

Windows software

In addition to the core software suite, Windows SCI computers also include:

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Office 365: Pre-installed
  • Microsoft Defender: Built into the Windows 8.1 OS
  • NotePad Plus: Source Code, HTML, and Text Editor
  • Foxit Reader: PDF Reader and Annotator

Math/Science/Engineering (MSE) suite

The MSE applications are optional and are available for all SCI models at the time of order.

  • Mathematica: Symbolic manipulation package primarily used by physicists
  • Matlab: A data-manipulation software package that allows data to be analyzed and visualized using existing functions and user-designed programs
  • MikTex (Windows Only): Viewing TeX Files (Scientific Word Processor)
  • Java Development Kit (JDK): Develop Java apps and applets
  • MacTeX (Mac Only): Viewing TeX Files (Scientific Word Processor)
  • R: Provides Statistical and Graphical Techniques

Microsoft software upgrades included

SCI purchasers are covered under the Microsoft Campus Agreement. SCI customers are eligible to receive upgrades to all Microsoft Campus Agreement products for as long as they are actively enrolled at Princeton University. So, when Microsoft has an upgrade on any of the products covered under Campus Agreement, you get the upgrade (only a nominal charge applies to cover the cost of the media on which the upgrades are provided (CD, DVD, etc.) to you.)