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Free Software

Before you begin your online classes, we recommend that you download Firefox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash, and Java. Depending on your other classes, you may find the others useful as well.

Disclaimer: Use at your own risk. eLearning department not responsible for any complications caused by listed software.

Internet Browsers

   
Chrome
Fast, full-featured Web browser. Firefox includes pop-up blocking; tab-browsing; integrated Google search; simplified privacy controls
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Firefox
Fast, full-featured Web browser. Firefox includes pop-up blocking; tab-browsing; integrated Google search; simplified privacy controls
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Essential Software: PDF, Java, and Browser Plug-ins

   
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Allows the viewing and printing of PDF files.
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Adobe Flash Player
Browser plug-in to play Flash videos.
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Java
A run-time environment that allows you to run Java applications on your computer.
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Office Applications

Microsoft Office 365
Office 365 ProPlus ("O365") is available free to current students at Tacoma Community College. The software can be installed on up to five devices which include PC, MAC, IPad, and Mobile phones (Android and IPhones). Windows phones and tablets should have Office already available.

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Libre Office
Free alternative to Microsoft Office. It is an office productivity suite that includes desktop applications such as a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager, and a drawing program.
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Google Docs
A free, online office suite. A web based alternative to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Create and share your work online. Upload your files from your desktop and have to them anywhere you have an internet connection. Edit and view your docs from any computer or smart phone. Share your work: Real-time collaboration means work gets done more quickly. Have a group project, like a group presentation? Your entire group can work on the same presentation at the same time. No more messy email attachments and file version confusion.
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Video Conferencing

   
Skype
Software that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service and to free-of-charge numbers are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file and video conferencing.
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