Download Microsoft Development Software at DreamSpark


  1. UA CS students and instructors can download Microsoft development software for free through Microsoft DreamSpark.


  1. To qualify, you must be a CS student and is currently enrolled in a CS course or an instructor who is teaching a CS course.


  1. The department will sign up all qualified students during the second week of class.


  1. After being signed up, the students will receive an email sent by “University of Akron - Computer Science - DreamSpark” and titled “An account has been created for you”. Follow the instructions in the email to register and download software. (If you had an old account, you should receive an email related to reactivation of the account.)


  1. Please do NOT delete this email and do NOT forget your password.  Those are automatically generated and can NOT be retrieved by the site administrator. 


  1. A student can only download each piece of software once, but can use it for any length of time for non-commercial purposes.


  1. If you did not receive any email regarding DreamSpark at the end of the second week, please email the site administrator, Ms. Laura Bonko (


  1. Check out the online help on how to download software and maintain your account.