Phil Cross,Academic Audience Manager and also known as one of our resident DreamSpark and MSDN AA guru’ recently posted this story on the UK Students blog that I wanted to share with you. It makes for some interesting reading – and hey, for students it’s free! So let them know about our cool free products, which takes no time at all to download.

‘’Its very easy when you live and work with something every day to assume everyone else knows about it as well. Obviously that’s not always the case so I wanted to take some time to make sure you are aware how you, as a student, can get hold of our software free of charge to help you with your studies. It was the 6 new titles we put on DreamSpark last weekend that got me thinking.

We have 2 main programmes – DreamSpark and MSDN AA. So what’s the difference and how do students get access?

imagePrimarily DreamSpark is designed to be simple - it’s about giving students Microsoft professional tools at no charge. You sign up, verify yourself as a student and start downloading – it really is that simple. Simply visit DreamSpark to get started.

On the other hand MSDN Academic Alliance is the easiest and most inexpensive way for academic departments to make the latest Microsoft software available in labs, classrooms, and on student PCs. With MSDN AA you get all the professional tools BUT in addition you get Windows 7 and other more business products for you to use plus the department gets management tools and access to support incidents. There is a small charge for the department to sign up for the programme.

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To get started with MSDN AA you need to check if your school or department is already registered and you can do that here, you can then get validated by the administrator and away you go. Let us know if you have any challenges or questions as we really want to make it easy for your to get our software for your studies.

Happy downloading – boy does that sound sad….’’