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MSDNAA (Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance)

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MSDNAA explained

So what is this MSDNAA stuff?

The MSDNAA subscription allows the Computer Science to provide copies of Microsoft development tools and current operating systems to members of our department.

Members of the department include all staff and students, who appear in our database as members of the School of Computing.

Sofware Availability

So what software is available?

Basically all of the development platforms and developer tools. So that includes all current versions of Windows, compiler suites, servers such as Exchange and SQL Server as well as project management tools to help you manage your project.

Software that is not available

Leisure (e.g. Splinter Cell), Office (e.g. Word, Excel) and general productivity software (e.g. Autoroute) is not available via this offer.

What the software can be used be used for

Are there any restrictions on usage?

The software is to be used for academic and research purposes only.


Who can have access to this software?

Members of the Computer Science Department (staff and students) and students who are taking Computer Science course modules.

Distribution Restrictions

Can I distribute this software to my friends?

No. For each item you will receive a unique licence key that is traceable back to you. If your friends are members of the Computer Science Department then they can contact us and we will arrange access.

Accessing the software

So how do I get this software?

You need to register, you can do so at the following url:

We intend to upload the new list for the academic year during week 2, so please be patient.

Downloading the software

What is the URL for the MSDNAA software?

You can download the software from:

School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824180 or contact us.

Last Updated: 13/10/2017