MSDN AA Guidelines and Help

What it is

The Department of Computer Science has enrolled in the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance program. This allows the department to make certain Microsoft software available to our faculty and students free of charge. The software may be installed any department computer and on your home computers for academic work.

Examples of Software Covered

  • Desktop operating systems - Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Server operating systems - Windows Server 2003/2008
  • Visio Professional
  • Visual Studio Professional
  • Project
  • Conditions on use of software

  • It is to be used only for academic work and/or research
  • It will be not be redistributed
  • Its use will be covered by the Master End User License Agreement and the Amendment to Master End User License Agreement
  • Available only to faculty of the Department of Computer Science and students enrolled in credit courses with the department
  • It cannot be used for infrastructure purposes
  • MSDN pages of importance

    Please read! Using the software means you have read and understood all three of the following links:
    Acceptable Usage Guidelines - examples of acceptable and unacceptable use
    Master End-User License Agreement
    Amendment to the Master End-User License Agreement

    The official MSDN AA FAQ link is here.

    How to get the software

    Faculty can download from a server share set up at \\plutonium\msdnaa. For operating system licenses please email Jeff Durston.

    Graduate and undergraduate students can download the software from the MSDN AA Software Center

    Undergraduate students are eligible if they are enrolled in a second, third or fourth year Computer Science for credit course this term (for credit means that you are earning credit hours for that course).

    If you have comments or questions about the program, please direct them to Jeff Durston