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Virtual Lab & Windows Virtual Desktop



NOTE: Virtual Lab has moved to a new platform

KU’s Virtual Lab service moved to Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop on Feb. 1, 2021. Windows Virtual Desktop provides a better experience in general while granting access to the same applications. Customers will also experience simplified processes for saving and printing their work in Virtual Desktop.

Current Virtual Lab Programs
ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing and discovering geographic information, using maps and geographic information in a range of applications and managing geographic information in a database.
EndNote is a software tool that helps researchers gather, manage, and cite references to scholarly literature and materials (such as journal articles, books, maps, reports, artwork, etc.).
Maple is a statistical software package for advanced mathematics. It includes facilities for interactive algebra, calculus, discrete mathematics, graphics, numerical computation and many other areas of mathematics. It provides a unique environment for rapid development of mathematical programs using its vast library of built-in functions and operations.
MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications.
Microsoft Office
For word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and more, Microsoft Office includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote and Outlook
Minitab is a statistical package that provides a broad range of basic and advanced data analysis techniques. It includes regression techniques (general and logistic), Analysis of Variance, experimental design, control charts and quality tools, survival analysis, multivariate analyses (principal components, cluster and discriminant), time series, descriptive and non-parametric statistics, exploratory data analysis, power and sample size calculations. In addition Minitab supports a wide range of graph and chart types.
Notepad ++
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License. Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.
R Data
R is a free software programming language and a software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis.
R Studio
R Studio is a free and open-source integrated development environment for R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics.
SAS is a software suite developed by SAS Institute for advanced analytics, multivariate analyses, business intelligence, data management and predictive analytics.
Siku Quanshu
A vast Chinese encyclopedia encompasing thousands of entries.
SPSS is modular, tightly integrated, full-featured statistics software for the analytical process, including planning, data collecting, data access, data management and preparation, analysis, reporting and deployment.
Stata is a general-purpose statistical software package created in 1985 by StataCorp. Most of its users work in research, especially in the fields of economics, sociology, political science, biomedicine and epidemiology.

Please Note: Other software may be available to you based on your school, major or enrollment in a specific course. Please check with your school or department for additional offerings.

System Requirements
Browser Compatibility
• Internet Explorer 11.0 — Requires to be added to the Compatibility View website list.
• Internet Explorer 10.0 through 6.0 — Connections to StoreFront or Web Interface support the 32-bit mode of Internet Explorer.
• Mozilla Firefox 18.x (minimum supported version)
• Google Chrome 20.x (minimum supported version)

Operating System
The following list of requirements specifies edition or service pack only where support is limited:
• Windows 8, 32-bit and 64-bit editions (including Embedded Edition)
• Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit editions (including Embedded Edition)
• Windows XP Professional, 32-bit and 64-bit editions
• Windows XP Embedded • Windows Vista, 32-bit and 64-bit editions • Windows Thin PC
• Windows Server 2012, 64-bit edition
• Windows Server 2008 R2, 64-bit edition (not supported by XenDesktop connections)
• Windows Server 2008, 32-bit and 64-bit editions (not supported by XenDesktop connections)
• Windows Server 2003, 32-bit and 64-bit editions (not supported by XenDesktop connections)
Mac (OSX)
Browser Compatibility
• Safari 7.0 through 6.0
• Mozilla Firefox 22.x (minimum supported version)
• Google Chrome 28.x (minimum supported version)

Operating System
• Mac OS X 10.9
• Mac OS X 10.8
• Mac OS X 10.7
• Mac OS X 10.6
Citrix Receiver supports Android versions 2.3.3 or later. If a Technology Preview version of Citrix Receiver is installed, uninstall it before installing the new version.
iPhone & iPad (iOS)
Citrix Receiver supports iOS-based mobile devices with operating system version 4.2.2 or later.
Windows Phone
Minimum device requirements: Windows Phone OS 8.0
Saving Files While Using Virtual Lab

When working in Virtual Lab, you must save files to your computer or mobile device. Virtual Lab does not provide storage space. Files edited with Virtual Lab applications are not backed up by KU and cannot be restored by KU if something happens to them.

For assistance on accessing your computer or mobile device storage from Virtual Lab applications, review the Knowledge Base articles under the "Support" tab on this page. You can also contact the IT Customer Service Center at 785-864-8080 or

NOTE: After one hour of idle time, Virtual Lab will disconnect and any unsaved work will be lost. It is important to save files to your personal device before you disconnect from Virtual Lab.

Help Us Improve Virtual Lab & Windows Virtual Desktop

KU IT wants to provide the most relevant applications to your academic success. Help us improve Virtual Lab & Windows Virtual Desktop by submitting suggestions for additional applications.

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