Software, Apps, & Buying

Cosmos provides a local source for installation software, updates, and security patches for the more prevalent open source operating systems, primarily the most popular Linux distributions.

IT professionals can centrally manage and protect physical or virtual mobile devices, laptops, desktops, and servers through configuration, patch, power and inventory management, security evaluation, and planned software rollouts.

eText is a digital book textbook platform that can embed multimedia, notes, and assignments directly into a digital textbook. eText content can be used with any computer, tablet, or phone. All content is accessible to students with visual and hearing impairments.

Technology Services Software Services provides a web-based storefront for the purchase of campus eText offerings. Questions or issues regarding the purchase of eTexts may be directed to the WebStore at Questions regarding the use or support of eTexts should be directed to

Kaltura is a media hosting platform that allows students, faculty, and staff to share multimedia within a secure campus environment. Content can be shared with the world or restricted to specific users by NetID. The Kaltura platform allows for a self-service YouTube like interface, and offers integrated screen and webcam recording. Illinois Media Spaces, a campus media sharing platform, is powered by Kaltura. Kaltura is integrated with Compass 2G and Learn@Illinois, allowing you to use the same interface and see media you own across campus platforms.

Skype for Business or Lync are applications that allow graduate students, faculty and staff to make and forward phone and video calls, send instant messages, participate in video conferences and group chats through their computers. Skype for Business or Lync can also deliver voicemail as an email and integrates with Exchange so that Skype meetings show up on calendars.  

Malware protection is a centralized service that protects students, faculty, and staff against viruses and other malicious software. Malwarebytes is provided as part of this larger service.

Mobile Device Management allows campus units to purchase applications and install them on personally-owned phones and tablets without violating state policies.

Office 365 provides students, faculty, and staff with free, cloud-based access to download a suite of services from Microsoft, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive. 

Click here to download and get started with Office 365.

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) network is a secure network used by campus units to process credit card payments.

Service & Bill Management Application is a service management application offered to groups on campus to manage a variety of tasks including Lync and Centrex accounts for their customers.

FAST3 technology training provides opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to acquire technology skills and knowledge through special events with industry experts, online training, or scheduled classes, featuring hands-on exercises and trainers with real-world experience.

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) allows students, faculty and staff to securely connect to the campus network from anywhere in the world using their Illinois credentials, and access services and resources usually restricted to people on campus.

WebStore provides free or low-cost software to students, faculty, and staff for teaching, research, and administrative purposes.

Utilizing endpoint management services or campus WSUS service managed machines can seamlessly obtain updates to software with little to no user intervention keeping machines up-to-date with current standards.

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