Microsoft Imagine puts professional developer tools, software, and services in the hands of your faculty and students with a low-cost subscription options from Microsoft. Challenge and excite your students by teaching with the latest technologies and cloud services.
Microsoft Imagine is simple: it's all about giving students professional-level developer and designer tools from Microsoft at no cost so that students can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on their career.
Microsoft Imagine helps educators teach the latest technologies and experiment in research. Microsoft knows that to make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today’s students requires a diverse set of resources. Microsoft Imagine gives educators the resources to ensure their classrooms always have the latest technologies to challenge, motivate, and keep students engaged in new ways. All at no cost to them, through an institution subscription.
Microsoft Imagine is also a subscription for Academic Institutions: it provides a cost-effective way to put Microsoft developer tools, platforms and servers in labs and classrooms, and on their students’ and faculty’s computers for learning and research purposes. It reduces lab costs and teaching budget.
The program has two primary goals:
Give access to Microsoft software and platforms: Microsoft Imagine subscriptions give educators and students access to virtually every Microsoft product and technology, helping ensure they have the right technology choices for all current and future educational opportunities.
Deliver outstanding value: These subscriptions give outstanding value through inexpensive cost of membership, and convenient management of licenses on a per-user basis, removing the complexity of licenses across multiple environments.
Software acquired through your Microsoft Imagine subscription may be installed on any number of departmental lab machines (depending on the licensing and courses the school or department offer). The software must be used for instructional and research purposes; it may not be used to run the infrastructure of the department. In addition, the department’s faculty and students may check out or download the software to install on their personal computers.
To find out which products are included in the Microsoft Imagine Standard and Premium subscriptions, Review Product Categories.
As a member, institutions, labs, faculty and students may install the software on their personal computers. However, Microsoft Imagine is much more than simply a software subscription. Membership includes:
Microsoft Imagine software subscription that includes Microsoft platform, server and developer tools software as well as betas, new releases and tech support.
Special license rights allowing a department to install Microsoft Imagine software on any number of departmental lab machines for instructional and research purposes.
The ability, for students taking at least one credit course offered by the member department, to install the software on their personal machines for use in coursework and personal development projects.
Instant online access to all Microsoft Imagine content.
No-charge access to a WebStore, through Kivuto Solutions Inc.’s Electronic License Management System for automated distribution of software and product keys to eligible users.
You can find your subscriber ID number on the MSDN Subscription Portal once you have logged in, under “My Subscription” in "My Account“ page. Your subscriber ID number is also included in the Welcome email you received upon approval of your application when you first enrolled in the program or in the renewal email sent to the subscription administrator. If you need help, contact us.
DreamSpark Standard isn’t gone – it’s simply been renamed "Microsoft Imagine Standard". All of the benefits that were previously available to you are still available.
DreamSpark Premium isn’t gone – it’s simply been renamed "Microsoft Imagine Premium". All of the benefits that were previously available to you are still available.
Your access to the Visual Studio Subscription portal is still the same. You can visit Visual Studio Subscriber Downloads today and download software and get product keys, just like you used to. This is still a benefit with the new Microsoft Imagine Standard and Microsoft Imagine Premium subscriptions.
In the future, find a link to the Visual Studio Subscription Portal on the Subscription Access page.
Yes. You can see all of the languages available by clicking on the language dropdown list located on the lower left corner of the page.
Universities, community colleges, high schools, vocational schools, and trade schools are all eligible to participate in the Microsoft Imagine program. Simply put, any accredited school around the world is eligible.
Please note: the Microsoft Imagine Premium subscription is only available to STEM departments and students in that department. The Microsoft Imagine Standard subscription is available to the entire institution and all students attending it.
No, these customers need to enroll in Microsoft Imagine using appropriate promo codes provided to them in their Academic VL subscription welcome letter. Microsoft does not enroll them automatically. They will also need to renew once their subscription expires. Renewals are not done automatically. If you cannot locate your promo code, please
the institution support
As a Microsoft Imagine subscriber, your institution gets access to an Electronic License Management System WebStore. WebStore is a Web-based software distribution system that program administrators can tailor to their department’s needs. Your WebStore is provided as a free benefit to Microsoft Imagine member departments worldwide, so no additional fees apply in order to use it. Essentially, WebStore enables administrators to create a WebStore with customized Web-based software and key distribution mechanism for their department, deploy it to their students, and enjoy the benefit of the maintenance-free record-keeping inherent to the WebStore system.
Note: There is a brief deployment process, but the advantages of seamless record-keeping, broad distribution, and easy maintenance are significant! We highly recommend that all administrators consider the use of a WebStore, which can be deployed to enable direct student download of Microsoft software. This method of deployment allows administrators to create an account for their department on the WebStore Application Server, upload identities of all students in their department, and give eligible students access to software.
The second option is to use Visual Studio Subscriber Downloads to access any product keys that students may need to activate their products. While administrators cannot grant direct access to the Visual Studio Subscriber Downloads to students, they can download the software package and request keys from this site and give them to students.
The WebStore is available to end-users in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
To get your private URL to your WebStore, please fill out this request form. The support team will be able to give you instructions on setup and deployment.
Our partner, Kivuto, will setup your WebStore at no cost to you. All you have to do is fill out the WebStore request form, submit it, and after it is ready, quickly create accounts for your students and faculty. Creating accounts is simple by leveraging the “bulk upload” feature in the WebStore. If you want to integrate the WebStore user accounts with your institution’s authentication you can do so by configuring the “Integrated User Verification” settings in your WebStore, or using the built-in Shibboleth authentication. You can find very detailed guides on how to do this for your WebStore on our WebStore Overview page, or by reviewing our Quick Start Guide.
Need to update your mailing address or the name of the contact person for a department? Email the customer service department for your region. A full list of our Regional Service Center is available on the Institution Support page.
You will receive an email 60-days prior to membership expiration reminding you to renew your subscription. If you have not received this email and are concerned that your subscription is about to expire, please contact us.
In the membership expiration reminder email there will be a link to renew. Follow that link to continue the renewal process. If you do not have this email, click contact us. Alternatively, you can go to the Microsoft Imagine - Renew page and follow the renewal process.
Yes, customers receive multiple notifications starting at 60-days before their expiration date.
You can renew any time before expiration and up to 30-days after expiration (grace period). Note: there is a discount for Microsoft Imagine Premium subscription when you renew within 30-days. Also if you have a WebStore, the main advantage of renewing on time is that you will be able to keep the same webstore. All your student accounts, product catalog and settings will be preserved.
If you pass the 30-day grace period, you will not be able to renew your Microsoft Imagine subscription at a discounted price and your students/staff/faculty will lose access to the software on your WebStore. This means you will have to re-enroll in the program at the full price to receive a new subscriber ID number and wait for it to be activated. Once you receive the new subscriber ID, you will need to contact Kivuto to provide them with your new subscription ID in order to regain access to download software through your WebStore.
Yes. One of the goals of the Microsoft Imagine program is to make software available to students to experiment with in a laboratory setting. Even if a member department shares a lab with another department, the software may be installed on lab computers and made accessible to any student wishing to use the computers. Be aware that member departments do not have the legal right to install the software on lab computers not affiliated with the member department. Additionally, only students who are taking at least one credit class in the member department would have the right to install the program software on their personal computers.
Yes, they can sign up for Microsoft Imagine Standard. A single membership will cover all students, educators, and labs across the institution. However, Microsoft Imagine Premium is offered to STEM departments or technical schools.
Yes. A single membership with Microsoft Imagine Standard will cover all students, educators, and labs across the institution. However, Microsoft Imagine Premium subscriptions provide access only to an institution’s STEM departments.
Yes, absolutely, particularly since Microsoft Imagine Premium is only for a single eligible department. If you want to have a campus-wide subscription, you need to enroll in Microsoft Imagine Standard even if one of your departments has a Microsoft Imagine Premium. Also if your institution has multiple eligible STEM departments, each STEM department needs to enroll in a Microsoft Imagine Premium subscription, so in this case it is very common that an institution would have multiple subscriptions. Note, your WebStore can be configured so that a single WebStore can serve multiple subscriptions in your institution, greatly simplifying account management.
Students may enjoy unlimited usage of software for the purpose of furthering their learning and research efforts. The software is not to be used to run a business or for ventures that drive commercial profit. However, Microsoft Imagine has partnered with the Microsoft App Store teams to enable students to create games and applications for the Windows Store. This is the one exception where a student is allowed to use the software available on Microsoft Imagine for a money-making enterprise.
In most cases, no. However, Microsoft Imagine has partnered with the Microsoft App Store teams to enable students to create games and applications for the Windows Store. This is the one exception where a student is allowed to use the software available on Microsoft Imagine for a money-making enterprise.
No. The focus of Microsoft Imagine is to provide departments, faculty and students with the tools necessary to specifically expand their study of software development and testing. Thus, we provide technologies such as Windows Server, Visual Studio .NET, SQL Server and Platform SDK.
Yes. Any professional support staff whose primary responsibility is to maintain departmental labs are eligible to install Microsoft Imagine software onto their personal computers for evaluation purposes only. The license amendment defines “Staff” as “any personnel duly engaged by the qualified educational user to teach or instruct students and/or to conduct non-commercial research."
Yes. If the faculty member is officially enrolled in the course, he/she is eligible to install Microsoft Imagine software onto their personal computer for non-commercial use.