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Microsoft DreamSpark

Microsoft DreamSpark Program allows University students to download Microsoft developer, designer, and gaming software through its web site at no charge. It aims at providing tools for students to unlock their creative potential by advancing their learning in the areas of technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering.

Products included in DreamSpark are:

Developer & Designer Tools

  • Visual Studio 11 Professional Beta
  • Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Visual Studio 11 Express beta for Web
  • Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Ultimate
  • Windows Phone and App Hub
  • Kinect for Windows SDK
  • XNA Game Studio 4
  • Kodu Game Lab
  • Small Basic
  • Microsoft Mathematics 4
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • Windows Multipoint Mouse SDK
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7
  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0
  • Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011
  • Visual Studio 2010 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008
  • Visual C# 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition

Servers & Applications

  • Windows Server “8” Beta
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer
  • Windows Virtual PC 2007
  • SQL Server 2008 Express Edition

Training & Certification

  • Pluralsight On Demand

How to Obtain Software?

To enjoy the free software, you'll need CUHK e-mail address (alias@cuhk.edu.hk or Computing ID@mailserv.cuhk.edu.hk will be accepted) and other e-mail address to register, but you will need CUHK e-mail address to Verity. All students will be given a renewable 12 months access to DreamSpark.

Please get the free download and register at Microsoft DreamSpark site.

Reference:

  1. CUHK E-mail Address: Visit http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/itsc/network/app/email/email-alias.html
  2. Microsoft Live ID: If you do not have a Live ID, you can sign up for one on the Windows Live ID site.

Procedures for First Time Registration

1. Visit Microsoft DreamSpark website
2. Create an account by click “a student”.
3. Click “Get started”.

4. Fill in ALL the required fields, including:

- Type “Email address” and “Re-type E-mail address” with CUHK Webmail

- Select “Country/ region”: Hong Kong SAR.

- Enter the “Password” and “Re-type Your Password”.

Then press “continue to verify”.

 

5.  Select the “Hong Kong SAR”.

Select “Get verified through my School”.

Then press “Continue”.

6. Verify “The Chinese University of Hong Kong”.

Then press “Continue”.

7. Enter CUHK email address and confirm E-mail Address.


Press "Verify".

8. Activate Your dreamspark Account.
You will receive an invitation email URL. Click on the URL.

From: 

noreply@msacademicverify.com

Subject: 

[Microsoft Academic Verification] Confirming Your Academic Status

 

 

To get started, you will need to:
- Navigate to: https://www.dreamspark.com/Activate

9. Homepage of Microsoft DreamSpark will be navigated. Sign up process is finished.

Need Help?
For comments and enquiries about this service, please write to the ITSC Electronic HelpDesk at
http://helpdesk.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk

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