MSDN AA Student Program

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 students free of charge while they are taking credit courses with the department. The software may be installed on your home computers for course work.

Software Available

  • Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003
  • Visual Studio 6.0, Visual Studio .NET (check here to see the minimum requirements), Visual Studio .NET 2003
  • Visio 2003
  • MS SQL Server 2000 Enterprise
  • Project 2003

    Important: Only the software listed above is covered, and you must get the software from the department to be covered by the agreement.

    Conditions on use of software

  • It is to be used only for academic work and/or research
  • It will be not be redistributed, nor used for commercial software development
  • 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

    MSDN pages of importance

    Please read! Using the software means you have read and understood all of the following links:
    Master End-User License Agreement
    Amendment to the Master End-User License Agreement

    Student Use Guidelines

    Who is eligible

    If you are enrolled in:
  • a for credit third or fourth year Computer Science course during that term or
  • a first or second year course for which your professor has requested the software be made available to you then you can sign out a copy of the software to install at home.

    Please note that you must be registered in the course during the term you are requesting the software. Co-op courses (74.298, 74.398, 74.498) are not for credit and do not count.

    How to sign out the software

    If you meet the above eligibility requirements, bring your student card to room 135A Machray Hall and talk to Jeff Durston or Heather McArthur. You will have to sign an agreement stating that you have read and understood the licensing agreements and also the Student Use Guidelines (a copy will be given to you). The cd's will then be loaned to you for a period of up to 3 days (shorter loan periods will be in effect at the start of terms).


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