MSDN Academic Alliance Overview

Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) increases the access Students and educators have to technology in order to help improve learning and teaching and to adapt to the evolving demands of the global economy. The professional-level developer and designer software and tools that are available through MSDN Academic Alliance not only enhance 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 as they seek employment. Learn More >



At Microsoft we recognize that a quality education is vital to the sustainable social and economic success of our global community both now, and in the future. Our strong commitment to education has lead us to partner with local, national, and international education and business communities; we work together to achieve the common goal of creating technology, tools, programs, and solutions that help address education challenges, and improve teaching and learning opportunities for students and educators around the world. MSDN AA is a core component of Microsoft's commitment to achieving those goals.
PROGRAMS FOR SOFTWARE
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.
MSDN Academic Alliances
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.
Microsoft DreamSpark
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.
PROGRAMS FOR TRAINING
Get to know the professional software and tools! Learn to use the software and tools to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. Supercharge your learning with the FREE training provided.
Microsoft IT Academy Program
MS IT Academy Student Pass is a program that provides free e-learning courses to students AND faculty interested in increasing their technical knowledge and improving their skills using Microsoft technologies.
Faculty Connection
MS Faculty Connection is designed to address the challenges educators face in teaching technology students. It features content and valuable tools that are exclusive, free, and designed to support technology educators like you. The site offers curriculum, free software, members-only forums, insight into Microsoft’s latest initiatives, as well as, access to regional events and training.
PROGRAMS FOR PROJECT SKILLS
Demonstrate your skills! Project skills add to your knowledgebase and enhance your resume. Working on projects gives you the proof-points that employers are looking for - show them your capabilities.
Imagine Cup
A student’s technical knowledge is important; it is equally as important that he or she has the ability to use that knowledge while developing skills necessary to finding solutions for real-world issues. Imagine Cup is a year-long global competition designed to inspire students to apply their imagination, their passion and their creativity to technology innovations. Competition is intense, and in the process competitors gain valuable experience and project skills that can translate into a future career.
PROGRAMS FOR JOBS
It's more than just about grades! Students work hard to achieve academic success, but good grades and a degree aren't the end of the road – they are just a part of the foundation upon which they begin to build their professional careers. We are dedicated to connecting Microsoft partners and customers with qualified students and to establish relationships that result in unique mentoring, training and certification opportunities.
Microsoft Students to Business
The objective of the S2B program is to inspire local businesses to communicate the competency requirements for new talent, to evaluate the skills of students ready for an entry-level job or internship and collaborate with Microsoft and local education institutions to provide the curriculum and training needed to ensure students are prepared to meet the innovation needs of company’s around the globe.
Microsoft BizSpark
BizSpark is an innovative new program that unites Startups with entrepreneurial and technology resources in a global community with a common goal of supporting and accelerating the success of a new generation of high -potential Startups.
FEATURED NEWS
Surface SDK 1.0 in MSDN AA

Surface SDK 1.0 in MSDN AAMicrosoft Surface is a multi-touch computer that responds to natural hand gestures and real-world objects.

Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1 Workstation Edition enables schools to engage with this multi-touch, multi-user experience. Students and faculty can develop and test Surface applications on every computer in the lab by running the Surface Simulator included in the Surface SDK. The Surface Simulator enables you to run Surface applications in a full Surface-like environment, including Launcher. When you use Surface Simulator, you use mice to simulate finger and object contacts.

 
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