MSDN AA and DreamSpark are Microsoft programs to put professional-level software and tools in the hands of creative technical students and faculty around the world.
The Microsoft Academic Alliance increases the access educators and students have to technology in order to help them improve teaching and learning and adapt to the evolving demands of the global economy. The professional-level developer and designer software and tools that are available through the MSDN Academic Alliance not only enhances a student’s educational experience, it also gives them a head start on their professional careers by helping familiarize them with the tools and practices they will need to use once they seek employment.
DreamSpark provides high school and university students professional level development and design tools to students enrolled in an accredited, secondary educational institution or university at no charge. Through DreamSpark students can download and use Microsoft tools to unlock their creative potential, setting them on the path to academic and career success by advancing their learning in the areas of technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering.