Student Software - Windows

The FSU Computer Standards Committee is recommending the following software packages as the standard software load for students:

  1. Windows 7 Operating System (SP1)
  2. Internet Explorer 9 
  3. Mozilla Firefox 19
  4. Microsoft Office 2013 Suite
  5. Acrobat Reader and Flash plug-ins
  6. Java 1.70 update 51
  7. Current Antivirus (click here for a list of approved antivirus software)

Some academic programs require students to purchase special software. Students should talk to their academic program office staff or instructor to obtain a list of software required for their program. Most software required by different programs at Ferris are available for use on lab computers on campus. Talk to your instructor for lab locations or find out if the software is available on any of the FLITE open lab computers here.

The Microsoft Office suite (Windows & Mac versions), Windows operating system, and some Adobe software is available for purchase at a reduced price from the Student Technology Services Store. Click here to go to the STS Store. 

Antivirus software must be on the approved antivirus software list. Antivirus definitions must be no older than 14 days old. 

Below is a current listing of Java and browser versions compatible with FSU web-based applications:

Windows OS Computer Java and Internet Browser Compatibility
System Java 1.70 update 71 IE10 IE11 FireFox 25.x Chrome 25
Banner INB Works Works Works Works Works
FerrisConnect Blackboard 9.1 Works Works Works Works Works
Kronos 7.0
Works Works Works Works Works
Millenium 2013 Works Works Works Does not work Does not work
Mac OS Computer Java, Flash, Internet Browser, and Silverlight Compatibility
System Java 7 update 51 Flash 11.6 Safari 7 Firefox
Silverlight 5.1
Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite) Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks)
Works Works Works Works Works
Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Works Works Works Works Works

Note: Kronos is not supported on a Mac

Click here for information on how to disable Java updates.

Table last updated Feb 2015


Revised: April 30, 2014

Posted: October 27, 2013