Free Microsoft Software & Resources for Students


Students already have a hard time paying for textbooks and tuition. Buying expensive software to learn new technologies is even more difficult. To help out, Microsoft offers a number of key products to students at major discounts or even for free.  If you are a student, this list will help you locate the free software titles Microsoft offers through a number of sites.

Free Software Offered through Microsoft DreamSpark

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Ultimate
  • XNA Game Studio 3.1
  • Robotics Developer Studio R3


If your school is not listed you can still participate in DreamSpark by verifying you are a student with journeyED.

Free Software offered through MSDN Academic Alliance

Many large colleges and universities have joined Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) program that allows use of the latest Microsoft software on school computers and offer their students free copies as well. Visit the MSDNAA membership school search tool to find out if your school offers this program. Software includes:

  • Windows 7
  • Microsoft Office
  • 100+ Microsoft software titles

Free Training and Services

  • Microsoft IT Academy - Free e-learning courses
  • Windows Phone Marketplace ($99 registration fee waived)

Discounted Software for Students

  • Windows 7 Professional

Microsoft Student Communities

  • .toolbox
  •  /Student
  • Microsoft Student Partners
  • Microsoft Student on Facebook
  • Microsoft Student Lounge
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