Too many links, and too little time? This blog post is intended to be a comprehensive list of Microsoft resources on software, jobs, discounts and more for students of any age!
In this blog I will share useful links for
- Coders or those interested in learning to code? Beginners and Experienced Coders
- Deals on Microsoft office or other Microsoft products? Hardware and Software
- Looking for a job? Undergraduate, Graduate student, MBA
- Non-profit resources for students or organizations who help students? Software donations
I have listed everything I could think of, but I am sure I missed something! So please add your comments to let me know if this provided you with the information you were looking for or with suggested content to add.
Whether you are a complete beginner or an expert visit imagine.microsoft.com to find out about how you can access free developer software, learning resources for developers of all levels, contests, and more…
You can find some great courses on learning how to code aka.ms/learn2code . Check out tools such as
- TouchDevelop – an open source tool you can use to build a video game, mobile app, website, or IoT with only a web browser
- Kodu – great place to build your first ever 3D video game, runs on Windows
- Windows App Studio – to explore building apps for Windows without coding using only a web browser
- Minecraft – Yes, Microsoft does own Minecraft and I will find some cool resources to share to help you get going with this amazing place to create worlds! Our Minecraft content is being developed as I type!
- Project Spark – to build amazing 3d worlds and games, runs on Windows and Xbox
For more experienced coders you may want to check out
- Visual Studio Community to develop web apps, mobile apps, IoT and more in .NET, Python, nodeJS, Unity, C++, and more…! runs on Windows
- VS Code to develop web and cloud apps, runs on Mac and Linux
- Free cloud access in Microsoft Azure for students
- Where do you look to find the most recent training and courses on everything from bootstrap to databases to how to build apps or use SDKs for Microsoft devices such as HoloLens and Microsoft Band? Check out Microsoft Virtual Academy and Channel 9 . As soon as there is content available or a big announcement, this is where you will find it!
- If you are a Canadian and want to see what’s happening near you, keep an eye on our blog Canadian Developer Connection
Starting your own company? Selling apps or software?
- find out how Microsoft supports startups at BizSpark
Want to win prizes or get free stuff?
- If you like a challenge check out our worldwide software competitions for students of all ages at Imagine Cup
- Earn rewards with the DVLUP program
- If you are a Canadian Student double down and earn more rewards for completing coding challenges at Developer Movement
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- Sign up for the newsletter to be notified of any big announcements.
- You can follow me on twitter: @hockeygeekgirl I will share any big news as it comes out
Visit Microsoft.com/student for the most up-to-date news on offers on both hardware and software
- Consider building your resume by becoming a Microsoft Student Partner and helping us teach students at your school about Microsoft developer technologies. In Canada apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for other countries visit www.microsoftstudentpartners.com
- Are you in university or college and wondering how to get a job at Microsoft? Visit Microsoft.com/university
- Students in first or second year of college or university may want to consider applying for the Explore program
Jobs in Canada?
- Consider building your resume by becoming a Microsoft Student Partner and helping us teach students at your school about Microsoft developer technologies. In Canada apply by emailing email@example.com
- Business and technical students enrolled in a four year program may be interested in the MACH program positions at Microsoft Canada. To find open positions, visit Microsoft.com/careers – select Canada – search for MACH – create a job alert for the keyword MACH. Apply for the specific role if it is a good match for your skills an interests. MACH roles may be suitable for business or technical students, some positions are only open to MBA students
- Undergraduate students studying in Canada with a passion for entrepreneurship and technology may want to explore the Microsoft Foundry Internship program in Vancouver. If you are interested you should apply at Microsoft.com/university.
- Students who are interested in jobs at the Microsoft Studios in Vancouver should apply at Microsoft.com/university
Are you a graduate student interested in jobs? Many product teams are looking for graduate students so you should apply at Microsoft.com/university . However if you are specifically looking for a job at Microsoft Research they have a separate application process at research.microsoft.com so you may want to apply to both.
You may want to apply for some MACH positions which are for MBA students. Visit Microsoft.com/careers – select your country– search for MACH – create a job alert for the keyword MACH. Apply for the specific role if it is a good match for your skills an interests. Not all MACH roles require an MBA, so you may want to read the job descriptions carefully if you are specifically looking for roles that require an MBA
Non-profit resources to help students and organizations who work with students?
YouthSpark is a program that works to address the gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful and those who do not.
This program includes our software donation program.