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Most desktop systems for students use the Windows operating system.

Microsoft Office provides Word for word processing, Excel for spreadsheets, Powerpoint as a presentation system and Access for database creation.

A web browser, normally Internet Explorer, is loaded on computers for access to the internet, myDMU, the Blackboard virtual learning environment, email and most other student services. Internet Explorer 7 has been tested successfully with the main campus student IT services, virtual learning environment, managed learning environment and email etc.

Anti-virus software is present on all machines in addition to controls on university servers and electronic gateways.

These are supplemented by more specialised tools such as the statistical software SPSS and the planning tool MindGenius. Packages designed to support specialist teaching are available in faculty IT spaces.

Students with existing software and those who have newer versions can all work successfully within the university technical environment as well as their own.