Update to Microsoft DreamSpark

Originally posted on the Faculty Connection Blog.

We recently 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 offers a unique opportunity for both students and educators to use the latest professional development, design and gaming software at no charge and provides a chance to learn new technologies to excite students in classrooms.

Furthermore, DreamSpark offers access to software and curriculum resources to help develop courses that will enable students to achieve their career goals after graduation.

The programme also offers opportunities 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 they can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on their career.  
Microsoft believes that students can do amazing things if they only have the right tools.

For Teachers/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 teachers access to the software and resources to ensure their classroom always has the latest technologies to 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 is through domain (you provide), shibboleth, or Live@Edu
  • High schools can request codes and give to their students,

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 Universities 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 (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+ and it’s a campus license as per EES so you only need to purchase 1 license and not 1 per school or faculty (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. AngryTechnician says:

    Could we see the equivalent UK pricing? Some of the prices above are still in dollars after the article was reposted. Also, I assume that by "High schools", for the UK this basically means any school that is below university level?

  2. Tim Bush says:

    Sorry for the delay in responding to your comment. All the pricing is in USD at this time. I will update the post if the situation changes.

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