Quick Start

Available to: Students, Faculty

Cost: No charge.

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Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching delivers professional development tools, software, and services to faculty and students in BU STEM programs with low-cost subscriptions from Microsoft. Students receive developer tools from Microsoft at no cost – everything needed to create apps, games and websites. These tools can be downloaded directly from Microsoft to your PC.

This was previously known as Microsoft DreamSpark and then Microsoft Imagine


Students enrolled in or faculty teaching a STEM program can install a variety of Microsoft applications on their desktop or laptop at no cost.

Software acquired through a Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching subscription may also be installed on any number of departmental lab machines (depending on the licensing and courses the school or department offer). The software must be used for instructional and research purposes; it may not be used to run the infrastructure of the department.

Key Features

  • Software can be downloaded from the Microsoft Education Hub Store.
  • More than 20 Microsoft Product Families are available, from applications such as Microsoft Access and Microsoft Project, to SharePoint Server, SQL Server Enterprise, and more.
  • Easy access through your Boston University account
  • Software usage for learning and research is unlimited. It cannot be used for business or for-profit ventures.

What to Expect

This service is provided, and availability is determined, by Microsoft.


Getting Started