What software is available and how do I get it?
eStout students have access to a wide selection of up-to-date software. Most software is loaded on the laptop before it is deployed. Other software is available for download. UW-Stout uses KeyServer, which allows us to share software licenses and significantly reduce costs by placing the number of licensed copies of software packages in a central pool to be used from anywhere on the campus network or off-campus through VPN. There is no noticeable response time difference between keyed and non-keyed applications. Each keyed software package resides on the computer's local hard drive.
Please remember that when using Keyserved software, the user is required to either be on campus or connected via VPN.
Each fall the operating system and software for student laptops, known as the "image" is updated. Every spring we develop the eStout image for the new student laptops. The year-old laptops in the hands of students can be loaded with the newest image at the Technology Helpdesk.
Please visit the Technology Helpdesk's Knowledgebase for current and anticipated laptop image information.