Now it’s easier than ever to access academic software anywhere

Sept. 9, 2021

Introducing Princeton Virtual Desktops (PVD), a new, more flexible way to access the software you may need for your classwork, whether you’re a student, researcher, faculty member or staff. Instead of relying on a campus cluster computer, PVD lets you access “Student Labs” and other academic software (including collaboration and productivity tools) from your own computer, wherever you are, whenever you want.

Already using Vi-Lab/Apporto? With PVD, you’ll get better performance from many apps you may already use—like Stata, Mathematica, MATLAB and RStudio—than with the Vi-Lab service. As of September 15, 2021, PVD will replace Vi-Lab entirely.

To get started with PVD, visit Or, to learn more, go to