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It looks like Microsoft is making changes to MSDN-AA and the old Dreamspark program.  MSDN-AA is now known as DreamSpark Premium and Dreamspark (the old standard version) is no longer free.  It now costs $99 to set up standard DreamSpark.

DreamSpark and MSDN-AA provide a wide variety of software to students in IT-related fields for free.  They can get copies of WIndows Server, programming tools, web development tools, etc.  The two programs were/are great offerings, though not always presented in ways that were easy to understand.

I'd been struggling over the last couple of weeks with the Dreamspark changes and getting nowhere with the support group.  Then, over the weekend yet another new set of FAQs and information pages went up on the site.  

If one of your departments or colleges has an MSDN-AA, it doesn't look like too much other than the name is changing.  The www.microsoft.com/msdnaa link will now re-direct to DreamSpark.com.  The website has been completely redesigned and is much better looking, with more product information.

If you promoted the free DreamSpark offerings to your other students in departments that don't have an MSDN-AA agreement, you're out of luck.  You'll need to buy a $99/yr service to keep that offering available.  And as far as I can tell, the AA rules apply - you can't just buy a blanket subscription for the whole school, it's licensed by college/department.

There's also a 3yr subscription option for both DreamSpark and DreamSpark Premium.  

It looks like Microsoft started changing this stuff over the new year, with new pages going up just this past weekend, so things could change.  If anyone has more info or corrections, please share.



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Message from mknox@austin.utexas.edu

A lot of effort to get $99

 

Crumb, off to make inquiries

 

____________________________________________________

Margaret H. Knox                  mknox@utsystem.edu

 

Chief Information Officer (CIO)     (512)322-3774   

The University of Texas System

CTJ 2.218 78701

      

 

Message from lynch@indiana.edu

Verne,

 

How did you know I was reading that page when you posted? Psychic much?

 

Questions:

 

So the plain DreamSpark cost $99 per registered department? And any department can join? (i.e. not just STEM)

 

But DreamSpark Premium is restricted to STEM, right? No more Designer option for some of the other disciplines?

 

And do you know if they will waive the fee if the institution has a Campus Agreement or EES contract?

 

Thanks,

-Mark

 

Mark Lynch

UITS - Indiana University

lynch@indiana.edu

(812)855-8298

 

 

Seems like a trendy move, VMWare/eAcademy did the same thing just recently with the VMWare Academic Program. Although it's substantially more than $99, few hundred if I recall. 

I guess it's somewhat understandable, it helps them cover their administrative costs in offering these programs and $99 isn't a lot for what it offers in return. It does seem like a lot of additional work for very little money changing hands though. 

Evan Levine
Manager, IT
Software License & Lab Engineering
Duke University Office of Information Technology
elevine@duke.edu
919-599-5644



Message from mknox@austin.utexas.edu

This page may be helpful Mark, on comparing…

 

https://www.dreamspark.com/Institution/CompareSubscription.aspx

 

 

 

____________________________________________________

Margaret H. Knox                  mknox@utsystem.edu

 

Chief Information Officer (CIO)     (512)322-3774   

The University of Texas System

CTJ 2.218 78701

      

 

I may be an optimist, but my read of the DreamSpark EULA is that it appears to be institutional: “accredited educational institutions, or an organization that shares students, faculty, or facilities with such institutions or is operated for the purpose of helping such institutions train students”  https://www.dreamspark.com/licensing/Basic-EULA.aspx

 

I had hoped that the DreamSpark Premium was institutional as well, but the EULA does say “departments of accredited higher educational institutions offering courses in science, technology, engineering or math…” That appears to open the enrollment to departments that teach technology, for example, that would not traditionally be considered a STEM department.

 

I’ll be interested in other interpretations of the EULA language.

     Susan

 

Susan Brown

Software Services Manager

Academic Technology & User Services

Western Washington University

360.650.7388

 

We were considering it institutional as well, especially after working with Microsoft to set up Shibboleth Authentication, which was not college/school specific in any way. 

- Evan


If it's not in fact $99 by department, but by institution, which is how I'm reading it, it's a fairly nominal amount for what the students get.  But ugh - one more EULA to start putting through our legal review process.


jkt


Janice K. Tulloss, PhD, ASM
Software Coordinator
ITS - Client Services
202 Forney Bldg.
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27412
336-334-5401




Do you know when they're going to shut down access?  Although I had to create a new account, I was still able to download software from there, and we have not purchased a subscription as of yet.

jkt


Janice K. Tulloss, PhD, ASM
Software Coordinator
ITS - Client Services
202 Forney Bldg.
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27412
336-334-5401




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