The following software items are available for use by staff and/or students without additional cost, subject to the terms described in the following sections-

  1. Microsoft Office 365
  2. PDF Exchange Pro
  3. Sophos Endpoint Antivirus
  4. MATLAB and Simulink
  5. Microsoft Azure for Students

1. Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (for staff and students)

Under the Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) agreement signed between the University and Microsoft, each University staff and student can download and install Microsoft Office ProPlus (Office 365 ProPlus) on up to 5 machines being PC or Mac as well as Office Mobile on up to 5 mobile devices without additional cost.  Under the latest version of Office 365 ProPlus, they can also use Microsoft’s online cloud storage OneDrive for Business (5 TB in size) and Skype for Business.

To download, please refer to the procedures listed under the section “Pages Related to this Page”.

For details on the Office 365 ProPlus products offered and the supported platforms, please refer to

2. PDF Exchange Pro (for staff only)

PDF Exchange Pro is a software product developed by Tracker Software Products for viewing, creating and editing PDF documents.  The supported platforms of PDF-XChange PRO include Windows 10/8.1/7 but Macintosh is not included.  A campus license on PDF-XChange PRO has been arranged through which University staff can use it on PCs directly owned or leased by departments within the University campus without additional charge (campus outside Hong Kong is not covered under the campus license).  They can also install this software on personal equipment used for work-related purpose.  

Staff can download this software from HKU Portal (type "pdf" in the search field > click the link "Download PDF-XChange").  For details, please refer to the page

3. Sophos Endpoint Antivirus (for staff and students)

Staff who has acquired the Sophos Endpoint Antivirus license through their departments can download a copy of this software for installation.  For students, they are eligible to install a copy on a PC for work-related to University students.

All use of the software is governed by the Sophos end-user license agreement at

Staff and students can download Sophos Endpoint Antivirus through HKU Portal (type "sophos" in the search field > click the link "Download Sophos Anti-Virus").

4. MATLAB and Simulink 

The University has entered into a campus license arrangement on MATLAB and Simulink software.  This campus license is called the MATLAB Total Academic Headcount (TAH) license. It covers the access to MATLAB, Simulink and a related suite of 88 toolboxes by all staff and students.  

With the TAH license, departments will have access to the latest MATLAB and Simulink software for supporting teaching and research activities.  The software can be installed on the on-campus computing facilities, laboratories, classrooms and research centres, as well as faculty-owned and student-owned personal computers.  

For details on how to download the software and access a selection of online self-paced courses, please visit for details. 

5. Microsoft Azure for Students

HKU students can register for using Microsoft Azure for Students to gets $100 of Azure credits to be used within the first 12 months. It also provides free access to downloadable software developer tools, Microsoft Learn, Microsoft certification exams, and career resources through LinkedIn.  For details, please refer to

Pages Related To This Page

User Guide for PDF Exchange Pro

User Guide on Installation of Sophos Endpoint Security and Control for Windows

User Guide on Installation of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac

Procedures to Activate Microsoft Azure for Students

User Guide on Office 365 ProPlus for Staff

User Guide on Office 365 ProPlus for students admitted in 2018/19 and onwards

User Guide on Office 365 ProPlus for students admitted before 2018/19

Quick Start Guide on Using MATLAB and Simulink

Available To

  1. PDF Exchange Pro (staff only)
  2. Sophos Endpoint Antivirus (all University students and staff (with a departmental license on Sophos))
  3. Microsoft Imagine Service (students only)

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