Computer Science and Engineering

Azure for Education

Formerly DreamSpark Premium (MSDNAA)

Azure for Education is a service that provides free licenses to Microsoft Software. If you are taking computing classes, you may be eligible for this service. Microsoft provides this in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Please note Microsoft Office is not available.

Azure for Education software includes:

  • Windows 10
  • Visual Studio

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I eligible?

    If you are an educator in the CS/CEG department, or a student taking at least one CS or CEG course (for credit), you're eligible.

  • How long am I eligible?

    New software can be downloaded only during the duration of your CS or CEG course(s). Existing software will continue to work with free updates beyond this point, but additional licenses cannot be issued. The software licenses provided can be used for personal (non-commercial) projects or for coursework, even beyond graduation.

    Your account will be deactivated between semesters (breaks, etc.) and will be deactivated during semesters you are not enrolled in a CS/CEG course (for example, if you are not taking a summer course your account will be deactivated). Accounts will be re-activated the first week of a term that you are enrolled in a CS or CEG course.

    You will not be able to view your product keys or download software while your account is deactivated.

    DreamSpark Premium was formerly known as the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA).

  • Is Microsoft Office available?

    No, not at this time.

  • How do I start?

    Accounts are created automatically during the first week of the semester so long as you are registered for a CS or CEG course. Your username is your WSU email address (

    1. Go to
    2. Click the blue Sign in button
    3. Enter the school email address then hit next
    4. Enter password then sign in
    5. Complete the verification process
    6. After the steps above, users should be able to access the Azure portal.


    For Visual Studio, I recommend using either Community or Professional edition.  Enterprise edition usually has additional bloat built in that is not necessarily useful for your learning purposes.


    Returning users may go to:

  • Who do I get in contact with for help?

    Contact our friendly systems administrator Kayleigh Duncan.

  • What email address can I use for Azure for Education?

    You can only use your Wright State University email address ( for Azure for Education. 

    • The account is only active during the semester you are enrolled in CS/CEG courses.
    • These accounts will be generated within the first week of classes.
    • They automatically exprire the last day of finals week each semester.

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