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We recommend that students in online classes have Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint software on their computers. Most instructors will expect that you have these packages. You can purchase the entire suite of Microsoft Office products from the Student Technology Services site at Ferris at a very discounted price. Simply go to MyTechSupport, then click on Hardware/Software, then on the link for the STS Store.

Some classes will require the purchase of additional specialized software. You should verify any requirements early in the course by viewing the instructors syllabus and book information.

There are a variety of internet browsers available.  We recommend you have at least two types of browsers available on your computer - Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.  Some programs work better with a specific browser.  For example, FerrisConnect often works better in Mozilla Firefox.  however, if your instructor uses Tegrity recordings, these may work better in Internet Explorer.  Additionally not all browser versions are supported by the various types of programs we use.

If you are experiencing problems with FerrisConnect or other web-based programs, the first thing our Technical Assistance Center will probably look into is the type and version of browser you use. You may even want to try a different browser before calling TAC to see if that resolves your problem.

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