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Free developer tools, resources,
contests and more.

Microsoft IMAGINE

Student Account

Microsoft Imagine helps students develop their ideas and boldly bring them to life.
Simply create your student account and verify your student status to access developer resources, contests, trainings and download the same tools and products used by professional developers. Access the software catalog and download development tools to start building games, apps and more - at no cost and no credit card required.

IMAGINE CUP | Passion. Creativity. Code.

Pick a Contest. Perfect your Skills. Win Prizes.

Enter Imagine Cup and win $100,000!

Be a part of the next high-tech revolution and shape the world of tomorrow today. Whatever your innovation, you can make an impact and win big – like, $100,000 big – with Imagine Cup.

With prizing that includes mentorship opportunities with industry leaders, an Azure grant and cash, Imagine Cup can help you take your project to the next level.

Hello Cloud Online Contest

Every month, one student will win our $1,000 sweepstakes.

To compete, all you need to do is sign up for Azure (free, no credit card required) through Microsoft Imagine and then complete one or more of our Hello Cloud activities. Each activity you complete gives you another chance to win. And you only have to do each activity once – your name will still be in the sweepstakes month after month!

Register for our Hello Cloud contest today and you can get started!

TechTalks | Free webinars for students

Power up your skills. Join the training now.

A career
in developer evangelism

  • Do you love sharing technology with other people as much as you love building things yourself?
  • Want to help others be successful while building your communication and coding skills in parallel?

Learn about this exciting career path from people who live it every day.

How to move
investors to Yes

  • Thinking about building the next great thing?
  • Deciding to bootstrap or raise some capital?

This talk guides you through the realities, the process, and how to pitch investors towards your big career breakthrough.

Setting up
the Perfect Online Resume

  • Ready to share your talent with startups, agencies, and big tech companies?

There's nothing better than showing them. Take the first step by creating your own online resume and portfolio of projects, hosted in the Azure Cloud.

SPECIAL OFFER | Build your Azure skills!

Your cloud career is ready for take off.

You need the skills to stand out in the IT industry.

We’ve put together three training offers that combine free access to our library of flexible, online courses, discounts on our industry-standard Microsoft Certified Professional exams, and a discount on Linux certification offered through the Linux Foundation.

Training is one of the best investments you can make in your career, and these offers are a great deal. Microsoft’s quality courseware will provide you with practical learnings you can employ immediately, and earning technical certifications positions you for career advancement, a higher salary, and more interesting work.

Take advantage of these great offers now and make plans today to add Azure skills to your resume.

Develop your Azure Skill with us, on us

Three options for leveling up your skills





Access to our curated Azure online course catalog of in-depth courseware including videos, labs, and assessments, available anytime, anywhere


One Azure certification exam of your choice (one free retake included, exam can be completed online or in person)

One practice test for the Azure exam of your choice


Three Azure certification exams of your choice (one free retake of each included, exams can be completed online or in person)

Three practice tests for the Azure exams of your choice


Digital Certificates of Completion for each course


Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification and digital MCP badge


Multiple Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications (MCP, MCSA, MCSE) and digital badges for each


The skills to lift and shift technology to Azure


Valuable Microsoft Certified Professional status


Evidence of your mastery of Azure cloud skills

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TRAININGS | Free dev courses from experts for students

Check our free online trainings catalogue

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Virtual Academy provides free online training by world-class experts to help you build your technical skills and advance your career.
Make it your destination of choice to get started on the latest Microsoft technologies and join this vibrant community.

Microsoft Office Training

Pick up important skills using Microsoft Office products through online tutorials and examples.

Microsoft Digital Literacy

Take free courses online to learn important skills like creating word documents and presentations, spreadsheets and databases, and even build your first app.

YouthSpark Program

Microsoft YouthSpark gives young people the tools and training to express themselves through computer science.
YouthSpark programs and resources can help you build digital skills and learn computational thinking and problem-solving skills that will help you today and in your future.

Imagine Academy

Are you ready to get hired?

Our Imagine Academy will teach you important skills and provide certification you can present to future employers.

Hour of Code

Do your #hourofcode today!

Get started with the Minecraft tutorial or participate in a free workshop.

Touch Develop

Create apps on any tablet, phone, or PC with a fun, touch-screen-friendly code editor.

No coding expertise required!>

Explore Microsoft Certifications

Get hired, demonstrate clear business impact, and advance your skills. Microsoft offers a wide range of online certification programs designed to take your career to the next level.

GitHub | Student Developer Pack

The best developer tools, free for students.
A suite of Microsoft Azure cloud services and developer tools, including the Visual Studio IDE.

CAREER | Get the skill to code your future

Learn more about MACH Program, Interniship in Microsoft and Xamarin University.

MACH Program

The MACH program is a customized learning experience designed for our newest university hires in various full-time roles within the Evangelism, Finance, IT, Marketing, Operations, Sales and Services organizations.


You’ll get the opportunity to work on real projects and have fun along the way. This is your chance to show off your skills and work on cutting-edge technology.
Join Microsoft today, and help us shape the business of tomorrow.

XAMARIN University

Go mobile and stay ahead with live, interactive mobile development training led by Xamarin experts, on your schedule.
Get Xamarin Certified by the experts in C# mobile development.

GIRLS in IT | GIRLS Do Science

We empower all the girls who love science, math and technology.

International's Womens Day

Seven out of ten girls are interested in science, but only two of them will go on to pursue it as a career. These young girls are already doing amazing things—building robots, coding websites, winning math competitions, and developing apps on their phones.

Girls who Code

Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Digi Girlz

We need more girls in science, technology, engineering and math fields!
Check out DigiGirlz, where you can meet women at Microsoft, learn about careers in technology, and participate in hands-on workshops.


Codess is a community for female coders initiated by Microsoft. Codess was established to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the engineering field.

MSP | Microsoft Students Partners

Are you a student leader with a passion for technology? We need you.

Become a Microsoft Student Partner

Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) share their knowledge with their classmates and build technology communities on their campus.

Learn More

As a MSP, you get to:

  • Leadership Experience: Host fun workshops, run hackathons, and give demos on campus to grow a community of students.
  • Resume Building: Enhance their promotional skills, add to their professional technology experience, and work alongside Microsoft professionals.
  • Exclusive Access: Receive insider training, exposure to career opportunities, and access to the latest technology events.