A copy of Windows 7 or 8 is currently available free to students, and they cost $9.75 for faculty and staff.
Faculty, Staff and Students can now install Microsoft Office for both Windows and Mac on up to 5 computers for free via Office365. Click here for instructions.
Please note: the $4.95 software download insurance (2-year term) offered by e-Academy is definitely worth considering. Your initial acquisition covers 30 days of access to the license code and the download, and if you want to reinstall or need the license again after 30 days, you will have to pay ($11.95), unless you carefully preserved the license code and download files and still have them at hand.