What is DreamSpark?
Dreamspark provides students with Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology – or just get a head start on your career.
How do you get software via DreamSpark?
If you are a student at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, all you need to do is log on to http://mail.live.utm.my/ first, enter your Student email and password that been provided by the University! if you forget your student email click here!
Next, the only thing left is you log on to https://www.dreamspark.com/, sign in , get verified and lastly download…!!
If you are a tertiary student at another institute, you can stil get access to the software, find out more here.
What tools are included in DreamSpark?
Several development software titles are available for download through the program. They include:
- Visual Studio2008, and 2010 Professional Editions
- Expression Studio 3 (includes Web, Blend, Design and Encoder)
- Expression Studio 4 Ultimate (includes Web+SuperPreview, Blend+SketchFlow, Design and Encoder Pro) (without codecs)
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Edition (x86 and x64)
- Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, with SP2 32-bit
- Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition 32-bit
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition 64-bit
- Windows Embedded CE 6.0 although not R2 or R3.
- Windows Embedded Standard 7
- Visual Studio Express 2010 and 2008 and SQL Server Express
- Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3 and Microsoft CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008
- XNA Game Studio 4.0
- Virtual PC 2007
- Windows Phone Developer Tools
- Windows MultiPoint Mouse SDK
- Windows Internet Explorer 9
- Microsoft Small Basic
- Kodu Game Lab
- Microsoft Mathematics
- 12-Month Academic Trial Membership to XNA Creators Club
- One free Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist exam voucher
- $99 waiver on Windows Marketplace for Mobile and first 5 submissions free
- Microsoft IT Academy Student Pass (free e-learning courses to verified students)
MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) is a Microsoft program available to academic organizations, mainly colleges and universities, although there is also a high school version. The participating schools pay an annual fee for the MSDNAA service, in exchange for which, applicable departments (computer science, computer engineering, information technology, and related fields of that organization) as well as students and faculty can acquire licensed copies of Microsoft software such as Microsoft Windows, Visual Studio and other products. The list of software each college and university gets is dependent on the agreements made by that particular organization.
What type of software does it provided to student?
The software can be used in coursework and personal non-commercial projects. Students may continue to use these products for non-commercial purposes, even after they graduate. Even after graduation students may receive all free updates to the software, such as security updates and service packs, that are available to everyone through the Microsoft Downloads Center.
How do I access the MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA)?
MSDNAA software is accessed through a dedicated website run either by e-academy or by the university/high school itself. The service run by e-academy is called e-academy License Management System or ELMS. Access is determined by the MSDNAA agreement, but is usually given to students who meet certain requirements (must be currently enrolled in or teaching course(s) in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics).
Despite its name, an MSDNAA account is not a true MSDN Subscription-account and cannot be used to access the subscriber’s section of the MSDN website or its downloads.
What Software are included in MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA)?
Among others, the list of available software contains:
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (all editions)
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (all editions)
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (all editions)
- Windows Server (2003, 2008, 2008 R2 – all editions)
- Windows 7 (Professional and Enterprise)
- Windows Vista (Business and Enterprise)
- Windows XP (Professional)
- MSDOS (6.0 and 6.22)
- Microsoft Expression Studio (1, 2, 3, 4)
- Microsoft SQL Server (2005, 2008, 2008 R2 – all editions)
- Microsoft Access (2003, 2007, 2010)
- Microsoft OneNote (2007, 2010)
- Microsoft Project (2007, 2010)
- Microsoft Visio (2007, 2010)
The list actually contains almost all Microsoft software, and majority of products is available in all existing editions and languages. Notable exceptions are:
- Desktop Windows (non-server) are not available in all editions (e.g. Ultimate edition is usually not available in MSDNAA).
- From Office suite are only Access, Visio, Project, OneNote and Groove available, while Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook aren’t.