Update to Microsoft DreamSpark

Today we made some exciting changes and improvements to DreamSpark, with the launch of a new site and rebranding of MSDNAA to Microsoft DreamSpark premium.

DreamSpark is the first step for educators to make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today’s students by providing no cost access to professional-level development, design, and gaming software.

DreamSpark is:


A unique opportunity for both students and educators to use the latest professional development, design and gaming software at no charge

A chance to learn new technologies to excite students in classrooms

Access to software and curriculum resources to help develop courses that will enable students to achieve their career goals after graduation

A way to help educators expand their personal and professional portfolios and enhance classroom objectives

For Students

DreamSpark is simple; it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer 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.

DreamSpark gives Students the chance to develop world class software, web applications, cool and creative designs as well as amazing games. Microsoft believes that students can do amazing things if they only have the right tools.

For Academics

DreamSpark is about giving educators no cost access to Microsoft professional-level developer, designer and gaming software so they can reach, motivate, and ensure their students achieve their greatest potential. DreamSpark gives you the software and resources to ensure your classroom always has the latest technologies to challenge, motivate, and keep students engaged in new ways.

Learning must be relevant, exciting, and engaging. DreamSpark is aligned with universities, associations, and employers to ensure that educators are able to discover, create, and deliver courses to students that lead to increased technical proficiency, employability and of course creates the next generation of technical leaders.

· DreamSpark Pricing Model and usage

Free for all students – simply self-subscribe to DreamSpark via http://www.dreamspark.com

Free for all Schools being in the system and setup to provide their students verification solution
This was is through domain, shibboleth, or Live@Edu validation
Schools DreamSpark Administrators can request codes and give to their students

For more details regarding Microsoft Dreamspark offering contact the DreamSpark support team

NB. Licensing does not allow for the products to be used in class, and FREE licensing does not cover educators

Changes to licensing and costs

DreamSpark for Schools, College and Unis subscription is now available and priced at $99 FREE for EES customers – This change allows all DreamSpark software to be installed for teaching and learning on Institutional Lab machines and it’s a campus license as per EES so you only need to purchase 1 license and not 1 per school or faculty and if your a EES subscriber its included for FREE. (also it now covers educators and students for personal non-commercial usage and is available for all taught discipline, previously this only covered students usage and not licensed for intuitional equipment)

DreamSpark Premium – Previously MSDNAA so includes more products including Visio, OneNote and Project and is aimed at STEM FE and HE institutions and all IT Academy Subscribers. The cost has been reduced to $499 from £1000+ (also it now covers educators and students for personal non-commercial usage and all lab installations)

Microsoft was started when many of the founders were still students so we know that anything is possible. To make this happen, we are aligning with universities, associations, and other communities around the world to make sure that DreamSpark reaches everyone as fast as possible.

Comments (2)

  1. Andreas M. says:

    I used to be able to login at Dreamspark with my Windows Live credentials. Not only this doesn't work anymore, but also when I use the "Forgot password" link, it says my email address is unknown. Does that mean my Dreamspark account is gone?

  2. Lee Stott says:

    Andreas, if you’re an existing subscriber you will be receiving a email from the DreamSpark team detailing the signup process, this will be sent to the email which you initially registered with.

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