Standard software and hardware

D2L Brightspace

D2L Brightspace is the online learning course management software used and supported by all MnSCU schools, including M State.

For all your D2L Brightspace questions or issues, please submit a help request

Online Resources

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is the email client software used by M State faculty and staff. The Outlook email client is available for computers running Windows, Apple/Mac or the Linux OS and will be installed on all M State computers issued to faculty and staff. Outlook is also available for mobile devices. If you have questions about Outlook, setting up your mobile device or accessing your Outlook Web Mail, please refer to our Help Support page.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus is available as a FREE download for all M State students and employees. This allows registered students and employees to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access on up to five personal PC's, Macs, tablets or mobile devices. Note: Mac Office only includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. Visit Office 365 for Students for more information on how you can download and install the FREE Office 365

You may also login to your SpartanNet portal, go to Other Resources, click Microsoft Office 365

NOTE: Office 365 Pro Plus does not run on a computer using Windows Vista, XP or older OS.


MoveItSecurely is a secure file transfer solution available to MnSCU employees.

MoveItSecurely will be used to transfer files securely, as the software name implies, and also to transfer large files that are too large to send via email. This system is designed to send files securely to both internal and external recipients and replaces the transfer of sensitive data via email. Sensitive data refers to Social Security numbers, grades, drivers license information, etc. If you are uncertain whether data is sensitive, please use MoveItSecurely. For more information, visit MoveItSecurely.

Standard Hardware

Information Technology is committed to providing technical support to the faculty, staff and students of M State. In order to fulfill that commitment, it is critical that we establish common standards for hardware and software.


Hardware standards for students can be found at Programs and Degrees. Due to the changing nature of curriculum, software, and course offering sequencing, the college will not endorse alternate specifications. Students interested in using alternate specifications are strongly advised to first consider changes that may affect their computing needs throughout their program of study. Limited IT resources may result in not possessing adequate computer and software resources.


The hardware requirement for employees is a Windows-based PC, unless an alternate model is needed for a specific program or business need. All faculty and staff computer hardware purchase requests must consult their campus CHC and follow procedures at Technology Fees and Resources before making purchases.

ITS has established a relationship with Lenovo and Apple to provide the campus with the most competitive pricing. Employees should expect that a new computer provided to them may meet their needs for 3-4 years.