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Greg Differding

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Computer & Information Science

MSDNAA Free and Discounted Software

What is MSDNAA?

The Microsoft Software Developers Network Academic Alliance is an annual membership program for technical departments in the area of Computer Science, Engineering, and Information Systems.

As a member, a department receives an MSDNAA subscription that includes Microsoft platform, servers, and developer tools software. This software may be installed on any number of departmental lab machines. The software must be used for instructional and/or research purposes; it may not be used to run the infrastructure of the department.

In addition, the CIS department faculty and students may purchase the software to install on their personal computers. Many of the software titles are available at a 80-90% discount or free to download.


Below is list of some of the software titles available to students enrolled in CIS classes at Cuyamaca. See the MSDNAA site for a complete list. Most of the titles are free as a direct download.

  • Windows 7 Professional (32 and 64 bit versions)
  • Visio 2010 Professional
  • Microsoft Access 2010
  • Expression Studio 4
  • SharePoint Designer 2010
  • Project Professional 2010
  • Visual Studio 2010
  • Expression Studio 4
  • Windows 2008 Server
  • Windows 2003 Server
  • SQL Server 2008


1) Get the password emailed to your college email account.

  • An email with your password and instructions for ordering the software will be sent to your college email account. This will normally happen during the third week of the the first semester you enroll in any CIS class. The automatic email is only sent one time. You must save the MSDNAA information for access to the MSDNAA software in future semesters. The college purges email accounts at the end of each semester. If the information is not in your in box and you did not save the information you will need to have your account information resent to you. Send an email using your college email account to Cheryl Alvarez at requesting that your MSDNAA password be reset.
  • All students have a web based email account created for them when they enroll. The email accounts are  If you are having problems with your college email account contact one of the CIS lab tech's for assistance.
  • Students can access their college email account via the link from the college web site or use this URL:

2)  Login to the MSDNAA web site using the instructions emailed to you.

  • Software distribution is managed through the ELMS system (Electronic License Management System) sponsored by Microsoft. The CIS department is only responsible for the setup of the software delivery.
  • The ELMS web site is neither owned or operated by the college. There may be times when the ELMS web site will not be accessible.  Neither Cuyamaca College or the CIS department receive any compensation for any purchases.

3)  Locate the software you want to order under the software option. 

  • For software that is NOT listed as FREE, a credit card is required for payment and you must provide your own CD.
  • Orders are processed by the ELMS site. There are no refunds for orders. See the ELMS site for additional information.

4)  Choose the delivery option. Click the "Get It" button. Fill in the order form.
  • You cannot change your delivery option once an order has been started.
  • Prices do not include shipping and are subject to change without notice.
  • Orders are processed by the ELMS site. There are no refunds for orders. See the ELMS site for additional information.


  • Some MSDNAA software requires the use of an activation key.
  • If your software requires an activation key then it will be displayed on the order page when you download the software. If you order the software for home delivery then the activation key will be located on the back of the CD case.
  • Typically the activation key can only be used on one computer.

  • Support for installation of the software is provided by your instructor.
  • The MSDNAA program is operated by Microsoft.
  • The CIS department pays a yearly fee to participate in this program allowing students to legally purchase software at deeply discounted prices.
  • Neither the CIS department nor any college employees receive any compensation for purchases made through this program.
  • Student participation in this program is not expected or required.
  • Faculty manage and maintain this program on a voluntary basis.


MS Office 80%+ discount

This offer is available to all college students. Prices are approximate and do not include tax or shipping.

  • $80 Direct Download (no disc media)
  • See for more information.
  • You are allowed to install Office on 2 computers


Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  July 23, 2013
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