Software Available Through MS Imagine / DreamSpark / MSDN-AA

What is the MS Imagine / DreamSpark / MSDN Academic Alliance? 
Who is eligible to download software through the DreamSpark?
What products and services are included in the DreamSpark membership?
Membership does not include Office and FrontPage.
Where can I get this software?
Where can I get help with, or more information about, DreamSpark?



What is the MS Imagine / Dreamspark / MSDN Academic Alliance?


MS Imagine (formerly known as DreamSpark and MSDN Academic Alliance) is a Microsoft Program that provides access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes. The Engineering Computing Infrastructure manages this subscription and for each eligible department in the College provides access to DreamSpark through its online webstore at This software may be installed on any number of College lab machines. The software must be used for instructional and research purposes, it may not be used to run the infrastructure of the member departments. In addition, the department's faculty and students may check-out or download the software to install on their personal computers.

The program has two primary goals: 1) to make it easier and less expensive for you to obtain Microsoft developer tools, platforms, and servers for instructional and research purposes and 2) to build a community of instructors who can share curriculum and other learning resources to support the use of these technologies.

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Who is eligible to download software through MS Imagine?


Our license allows the following individuals to install MS Imagine software on their personal computers for use in coursework and personal non-commercial projects:

  • Students taking at least one for-credit course offered by the member department
  • Faculty members of the member department
  • Staff directly responsible for administering the MS Imagine program


For information on whether your deparment is eligible, please see Microsoft's documentation by clicking here. If you are not in one of these groups you may purchase Microsoft products through the campus bookstore which has academic discounts.  

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What products and services are included in the MS Imagine membership?

  • Visual Studio .NET Professional (including Student and Faculty Tools)
  • Windows 7, 8 and 10, and other Microsoft operating systems
  • .NET Enterprise Servers: Windows servers, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Commerce Server, BizTalk Server, Host Integration Server, Systems Management Server, Sharepoint Portal Server, and several others
  • Microsoft Project Professional
  • Microsoft Visio Professional
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer's Studio
  • Software development kits (SDKs), betas, new releases, and updates
  • Development tools for Windows CE 

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Membership does not include Office and FrontPage.


No, the membership does not include Office or FrontPage. The focus of DreamSpark is on providing departments, faculty, and students with the tools necessary for specialized research and study in software development and testing. Thus, Microsoft provides products and technologies such as Windows 8, Visual Studio .NET, SQL Server, and Platform SDK.

Office and FrontPage are not in line with these specific goals, since the program is primarily focused on high-end technologies rather than basic web design and consumer applications. Note: the DreamSpark Library does include developer documentation for Office.

The College has entered into the UC MCCA agreement with Microsoft. Our agreement covers Office (all versions, including Mac) for the faculty, lecturers, and staff. Unfortunately, they could not cover the students or researchers as this proved cost-prohibitive. People not covered by the MCCA agreement may obtain Office and other products at academic discounts through the Campus Bookstore.

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Where can I get this software?


All software is available through the DreamSpark website. The URL is: DreamSpark site offers two options for obtaining software:
1) direct download
2) postal delivery (fees may apply)

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Where can I get help with, or more information about, MS Imagine?


Please read the MS Imagine FAQ before contacting either MS Imagine support or ECI. Additional information about the DreamSpark program can be found at their website:

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2016-09-08 18:31
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