Computer Technologies Software


Software for each of our courses is available in the lab for the specific course, however, if you are interested in having the same software at home, you may consider the software below.

In general, the following software will be used in all Computer Technologies courses:

  • Windows 10 Professional
  • HTML5 compliant web browser (Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Firefox, Chrome, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office 365

Online courses may have individual software requirements. Please contact your instructor if you have questions.

Software for Specific Degree Programs

IT: Information Systems

Office 365 LogoMicrosoft Office 365

All current students at A-B Tech receive access to Office 365 using their A-B Tech username and password. Computer courses using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) may require local versions to be installed for certain tasks.*

To access Office 365 for the first time:

  1. Visit
  2. Type in your A-B Tech student email address for your username (e.g.
  3. Type in your A-B Tech password (e.g. the one you use for WebAdvisor/Moodle/Self-Service)
  4. Log in
  5. Set your region to "United States and -5 East Coast"

Need help? Read our Office 365 Download Instructions.

OnTheHub by Kivuto LogoOnTheHub (Microsoft Imagine X)

The Computer Technologies Department is a member of the Microsoft Imagine for Academic Institutions. This allows qualified CT students to access the available software through the OnTheHub WebStore. The software includes Microsoft Azure, Windows 10, Visual Studio, Access and more.

Networking students can request access to VMware software

To request access to the appropriate WebStore please contact a Brenda McFarland, and include your program of study. Note: Office 2016 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access) are available through Office 365. (See above)

IT: Software and Web Development

Web programming tools and technologies change often, and courses may require certain software tools. Please contact your instructor if you have questions. 

  • XAMPP - Open-source software. Includes Apache Web Server, MySQL, PHP, phpMyAdmin, CGI
  • Coding tools - Many free options exist such as Notepad++Brackets, Atom, Visual Studio Code, and others.
  • Virtual Servers: Virtual computing servers are offered through the Virtual Computing Lab service of North Carolina State University.
  • Others - As web development technologies and programming languages change often, other software may be used as needed for class projects.

Digital Media Technology

Projects in the Digital Media program rely on access to a number of software applications, most especially Adobe Creative Cloud. The following software applications are available in the Digital Media classrooms (Haynes 104/115/216) as well as the Haynes 003 lab.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - includes commonly used Adobe applications for design and development, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, XD, and Animate CC. Video tools such as Premiere Pro, Audition and After Effects will be used as needed. Note: Some Creative Cloud functionality will not be accessible in labs.*
  • Documents - Microsoft Office, Open Office, Google Docs, or equivalent
  • Coding tools - Many free options exist such as: Notepad++brackets, Atom, Visual Studio Code, and others.
  • XAMPP - Open-source software. Includes Apache Web Server, MySQL, PHP, phpMyAdmin, CGI
  • WordPress - Open-source website development platform
  • Fonts: In order to use custom fonts on lab computers, Portable Apps must be used to load fonts.
  • Others - other software tools may be used as needed in classes.*
  • Online - online tools and services will be used when appropriate.*

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

All GIS classes use ESRI's ArcGIS. This software is provided through a 1-year Educational License by your instructor. This software will only operate under a Windows Operating System. The software WILL NOT run on a Mac OS unless you use Boot Camp and Windows 7 or a Virtual Machine and Windows 7. 


    *If you have questions about other software, please contact a faculty member or instructor in the related course.