If you are replacing a computer that is more than three years old, chances are good that the software will be incompatible with your new computer. Windows 7 64-bit is a major change from Windows XP or Windows 2000 so most software will need to be updated prior to installation with the new operating system. The same goes for OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.7 Lion.
The University has some great discounts with the major vendors through our Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium partnership. Adobe and Microsoft products are heavily discounted.
Please contact OIT for confirmation on specific software packages.