MSDN Academic Alliance

The MSDN Academic Alliance is a Microsoft program available to academic organizations, mainly colleges and universities. The participating schools pay an annual fee for the MSDNAA service, in exchange for which, applicable departments (computer science, computer engineering, information technology, and related fields of that organization) as well as students and faculty can acquire licensed copies of Microsoft software such as Microsoft Windows, Visual Studio and other products (the full list of available software is listed below).

The software can be used in coursework and personal non-commercial projects. Students may continue to use these products for non-commercial purposes, even after they graduate.

MSDNAA software is accessed through a dedicated website ( In order for students to gain a log-in to the MSDNAA site they must be enrolled in at least one credit hour of Systems Engineering courses. Anyone who believes that they are eligible to receive a log-in, but does not have one, can email Karthik Devarajan ( to request a log-in.

Software Available to Systems Engineering faculty/students:

  • Access 2003
  • Access 2007
  • InfoPath 2003
  • InfoPath 2007
  • FrontPage 2003
  • Groove 2007
  • OneNote 2003
  • OneNote 2007
  • Project Professional 2003
  • Project Professional 2007
  • Project Server 2003
  • SharePoint Designer 2007
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (x86 and x64 WoW)
  • Visio Professional 2003
  • Visio Professional 2007
  • Accounting Professional 2007
  • Expression Studio
  • MapPoint 2006 Standard Edition
  • SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition
  • Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional
  • Visual Studio .NET 2005 Professional – Full Install
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit DVD
  • Windows Vista Business DVD
  • Windows XP Professional (Single User) 64-bit Edition
  • Windows XP Professional with SP2 ISO Image