Incoming students: Get useful software and cloud services
July 26, 2021
Phil Johnson
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Illustration of MIT students downloading software and accessing cloud services.
Illustration: Runming Dai

Learn how to be digitally secure at MIT in our previous article Secure your devices and data.

As an MIT student, you have access to an array of software and cloud-based services at no additional cost during your time at the Institute. Once you have a Kerberos account and an MIT certificate, you can download or access anything that’s marked for use by students on the Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) software grid. You can begin using most offerings right now, though please note that some software and services are not available to incoming students until after registration.

In addition to security-related tools, here are some of the most popular and useful software and cloud services MIT provides to its students.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. This software suite provides the tools you need to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, manage information, and collaborate with others.

Cloud storage

MIT students have access to a number of different cloud-based options for storing and sharing files, including Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive. The amount of storage you get on these platforms as an MIT student is significantly greater than what is made available to the general public for free. This Knowledge Base (KB) article has all the details.

Collaboration tools

MIT has licensed several online collaboration platforms which are available to students, including Zoom, Slack, Webex, and Microsoft Teams (available through MIT’s subscription to Office 365) with the Institute’s enterprise licenses for Zoom and Slack providing functionality beyond what the free versions of these tools offer. All of these platforms support collaboration through video, audio, and text chats, as well as file sharing, and are available for use on desktop and mobile devices.

A number of other collaboration tools are licensed for your use, including Panopto, a secure cloud video platform, and Explain Everything, a digital whiteboard app.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a suite of graphic design, video editing, web development, and photography software and cloud services. Through MIT’s license, students have access to tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, and others. This KB article explains how to access Adobe Creative Cloud using your Kerberos credentials.


GitHub lets you upload and share software code on the Web, so you can easily collaborate on projects with your peers at MIT. Visit to set up an account.


SOLIDWORKS is solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) software that runs on Microsoft Windows. The KB has more information on using SOLIDWORKS, including installation instructions for students.


MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment used for machine learning, signal processing, image processing, computer vision, communications, computational finance, control design, robotics, and more. Get the inside scoop on MathWorks’ MATLAB page.

Drupal Cloud

IS&T’s Drupal Cloud service lets you create and manage website content with ease. You don’t need HTML experience to build a professional-looking website – for yourself or for MIT organizations. Visit to get started, or check out your other options for building websites at MIT.

Much more to explore

Check out all the offerings available to you as an MIT student by visiting IS&T’s software grid and service catalog.

If you have any questions about these services, or anything IT-related at the Institute, you can contact IS&T’s Service Desk for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also be sure to follow IS&T on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to get important news and updates about IT services at MIT.

Learn about how to get ready for your life on the MIT campus in our next article Prepare for life on campus.