MSDN AA for $19. Hurry!

By | August 27, 2009

If you’re a student (or were a student or are going to be a student…they don’t check), you can sign up for the student subscription at ACM.org and opt-in for a provided MSDN AA (Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance) program.  So far I have downloaded approximately 75 software packages including Windows 7 x86/x64, Vista Enterprise x86/x64, Vista Business x86/x64, various Windows Server 2003 versions, SQL Server, System Management Server, Visio, etc.  Just about anything Microsoft has offered over the past 5-6 years is available…with MULTIPLE registration keys!  Right now, I have seven Windows 7 keys (French and German apparently work with English install discs).

I got all of this for $19.  Here is a list of what may be available for you (it has been for me so far, with the exception of Server 2008):

.NET Framework 1.1 SDK
.NET Micro Framework SDK
Access 2003
Access 2003 (Español)
Access 2003 (Francais)
Access 2003 (Italian)
Access 2007
Access 2007 (Francais)
Access 2007 (Japanese)
BizTalk Server 2006 Enterprise Edition
BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Developer Edition (x86 and x64) – DVD
BizTalk Server 2009 Developer Edition (x86 and x64) – DVD (English)
BizTalk Server 2009 Enterprise Edition (x86 and x64) – DVD (English)
BizTalk Server 2009 standard Edition (x86 and x64) – DVD (English)
CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008
Commerce Server 2007 Developer Edition
Compute Cluster Pack
Compute Cluster Pack SDK
Customer Care Framework 2008 (v3.0) – CD
Desktop Optimization Pack 2007
Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise Edition
Exchange Server 2007 Standard Edition
Exchange Server 2007 with SP1 Enterprise and Standard Editions (x64) – DVD (English)
Exchange Server 2010 Beta (x64) – DVD (Multilanguage)
Expression Blend
Expression Blend 2
Expression Blend 2 (French)
Expression Blend 2 (Italian)
Expression Design 2
Expression Design 2 (French)
Expression Design 2 (Italian)
Expression Encoder 2
Expression Encoder 2 (French)
Expression Encoder 2 (Italian)
Expression Media 2
Expression Media 2 (French)
Expression Media 2 (Italian)
Expression Studio
Expression Studio (Japanese)
Expression Studio (Spanish)
Expression Studio 2
Expression Studio 2 (French)
Expression Studio 2 (Italian)
Expression Studio 2 (Japanese)
Expression Studio 3 (x86) – DVD (English)
Expression Web
Expression Web 2
Expression Web 2 (French)
Expression Web 2 (Italian)
Forefront Client Security (x86 and x64) – CD
Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 1 (x64) – CD
Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 1 (x64) – CD (Japanese)
Forefront Security for SharePoint with Service Pack 1 (x64) – CD
Forefront Security for SharePoint with Service Pack 2 (x64) – CD (Japanese)
Forefront Server Security Management Console (x86) – DVD
Forefront Server Security Management Console (x86) – DVD (Japanese)
Host Integration Server 2006
Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RC (x64) – DVD (Multilanguage)
InfoPath 2003
InfoPath 2007
InfoPath 2007 (Japanese)
ISA Server 2006 Enterprise Edition
IT Academy Course: Database Developer
IT Academy Course: Web Developer
IT Academy Course: Windows Client
IT Academy Course: Windows Developer
IT Academy Course: Windows Server
MapPoint 2009 European Maps (x86) – DVD
MapPoint 2009 North American Maps (x86) DVD
Microsoft CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 R2 Academic Edition (x86) – (English)
Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 Academic Edition
Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2 Academic Edition
Microsoft Surface SDK 1.0 SP1 Workstation Edition (x86) – (English)
MSDN Library – April 2007 (DVD)
MSDN Library – December 2006 – (DVD)
MSDN Library – May 2006 – CD1
MSDN Library – May 2006 – CD2
MSDN Library – May 2006 – CD3
MSDN Library – October 2001 (Full)
MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2005 – CD1
MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2005 – CD2
MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2005 – CD3
MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 (x86 and x64 WoW) – DVD
MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 (x86 and x64 WoW) – DVD (Japanese)
MS-DOS 6.0
Office Accounting Professional 2007
Office Accounting Professional 2008
Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005 with SP1
Office Communications Server 2007 Enterprise Edition
Office Communications Server 2007 Enterprise Edition (x86) – CD (Japanese)
Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise Editions (x64) – DVD
Office Communicator 2007 (Japanese)
Office FrontPage 2003
Office Groove 2007
Office Groove 2007 (Japanese)
Office Groove Server 2007
Office Groove Server 2007 (x64) (Japanese)
Office PerformancePoint 2007 Management Reporter (x86) – CD (Japanese)
Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 (x64) – CD (Japanese)
Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 (x86) – CD (English)
Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 (x86) – CD (Japanese)
Office Project Portfolio Server 2007
Office Project Server 2007
Office Project Server 2007 with SP1 (x86 and x64) – CD (Japanese)
Office SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise
Office SharePoint Server 2007 SE and EE with SP1 (x86 and x64) – DVD (Japanese)
Office SharePoint Server 2007 Standard
OneNote 2003
OneNote 2007
OneNote 2007 (Japanese)
Project 2007 SP1
Project Professional 2002 (Single-User)
Project Professional 2003
Project Professional 2007
Project Professional 2007 (Francais)
Project Professional 2007 (Japanese)
Project Server 2003
Search Server 2008 (x86 and x64) – CD (Japanese)
SharePoint Designer 2007
SharePoint Designer 2007 (Japanese)
SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition
SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition
SQL Server 2000 SP3a
SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition – 32-bit – CD1
SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition – 32-bit – CD2
SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition – 64-bit Extended – CD1
SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition – 64-bit Extended – CD2

SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition – 64-bit Itanium – CD1
SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition – 64-bit Itanium – CD2
SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition – DVD
SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition DVD (Japanese)
SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition – 32-bit – CD1
SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition – 32-bit – CD2
SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition – 32-bit – DVD
SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition – 64-bit Extended – CD1
SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition – 64-bit Extended – CD2
SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition – 64-bit Extended – DVD
SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition – 64-bit Itanium – DVD
SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition – 32-bit – DVD
SQL Server 2008 Developer (x86 and x64) – DVD (English)
SQL Server 2008 Enterprise (x86 and x64) – DVD
SQL Server 2008 Enterprise (x86 and x64) – DVD (Japanese)
Streets & Trips 2009 (x86) – DVD
System Center Capacity Planner 2006 with Service Pack 1
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 – DVD
System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 – DVD (Multilanguage)
System Center Essentials 2007 – DVD
System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 (x64) – CD
System Center Operations Manager 2007
System Center Reporting Manager 2006
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 (x86/x64) – DVD
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (x64) – DVD
Systems Management Server 2003 R2
Virtual PC 2004
Virtual PC 2007
Virtual PC 2007 (Japanese)
Virtual PC 2007 64bit
Virtual PC 2007 64bit (Japanese)
Virtual PC for Mac 7.0.2
Visio 2007 SP1
Visio Professional 2002 (Single User)
Visio Professional 2003
Visio Professional 2003 (Español)
Visio Professional 2007
Visio Professional 2007 (Japanese)
Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition
Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition – Disc 1
Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition – Disc 1 (Japanese)
Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition – Disc 2
Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition – Disc 2 (Japanese)
Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition
Visual J# .NET
Visual J# 2005 Express Edition
Visual SourceSafe 6.0d
Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional – Full Install
Visual Studio .NET 2005 Professional – Full Install
Visual Studio .NET Academic Student Tools 2003
Visual Studio .NET Academic Teaching Tools 2003
Visual Studio .NET Professional 2002 (Full) (Japanese)
Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 CD1 ISO
Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 CD2 ISO
Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 Prerequisites ISO
Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition CD1
Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition CD2
Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition DVD (Japanese)
Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition CD1
Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition CD2
Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Trial Edition
Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite – CD1
Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite – CD2
Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite – CD3
Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System
Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition with SP1
Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (x86 and x64 WoW) – DVD
Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (x86 and x64 WoW) – DVD (Italian)
Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (x86 and x64 WoW) – DVD (Japanese)
Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (x86) – DVD
Visual Studio 2008 SP1
Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server Workgroup Edition (x86 and x64 WoW) – DVD
Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server Workgroup Edition (x86 and x64 WoW) – DVD (Japanese)
Visual Studio 2010 Professional Beta 1 (x86) – DVD
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server SP1
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Standard Edition (x86) – DVD
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Workgroup Edition (x86) – DVD
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite (x86 and x64 WoW) – DVD
Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Debugging Symbols (x64) – (English)
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Debugging Symbols Checked Build (x64) – (English)
Windows 7 Beta (x86) – DVD
Windows 7 Beta (x86) – DVD (Japanese)
Windows 7 Debugging Symbols (x86) – (English)
Windows 7 Debugging Symbols Checked Build (x86) – (English)
Windows 7 Language Pack (x64) – DVD (Multilanguage)
Windows 7 Language Pack (x86) – DVD (Multilanguage)
Windows 7 Professional (x64) – DVD (English)
Windows 7 Professional (x86) – DVD (English)
Windows 7 RC Language Pack (x86) – DVD (Multilanguage)
Windows 7 Ultimate RC (x64) – DVD
Windows 7 Ultimate RC (x86) – DVD
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 DVD
Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Academic Edition (x86) – (DVD)
Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (Español)
Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition – Disc 1 (Japanese)
Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition – Disc 2 (Japanese)
Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Standard – DVD
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Standard – DVD (Francais)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Standard – DVD (Japanese)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Standard 64bit – DVD
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Standard 64Bit – DVD (Japanese)
Windows Services for UNIX 3.0
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP1
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP1 (x64)
Windows Vista Business 64bit DVD
Windows Vista Business 64bit DVD (Japanese)
Windows Vista Business 64bit DVD with SP1
Windows Vista Business CD1
Windows Vista Business CD2
Windows Vista Business CD3
Windows Vista Business CD4
Windows Vista Business CD5
Windows Vista Business DVD
Windows Vista Business DVD (Japanese)
Windows Vista Business DVD with SP1
Windows Vista Enterprise with SP1 (x64) – DVD
Windows Vista Enterprise with SP1 (x64) – DVD (Spanish)
Windows Vista Enterprise with SP1 (x86) – DVD
Windows Vista Enterprise with SP1 (x86) – DVD (Spanish)
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (32bit, 64bit) – DVD
Windows Vista SP2 (x86) – CD (Multilanguage)
Windows Web Server 2008 – DVD
Windows Web Server 2008 – DVD (Japanese)
Windows Web Server 2008 (x64) – DVD (Japanese)
Windows Web Server 2008 64Bit – DVD
Windows XP Embedded
Windows XP Professional (Single User)
Windows XP Professional (Single User) 64bit Edition
Windows XP Professional (Single User) 64bit Edition (Japanese)
Windows XP Professional (Single User) ISO Image (Español)
Windows XP Professional (Single User) ISO Image (Japanese)
Windows XP Professional with SP1a (Single User) ISO Image
Windows XP Professional with SP2 (Single User) ISO Image
Windows XP Professional with SP2 (Single User) ISO Image (Japanese)
Windows XP Professional with SP3 (Single User) ISO Image
Windows XP Professional with SP3 (Single User) ISO Image (French)
Windows XP Professional with SP3 (Single User) ISO Image (Japanese)
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (x86) – CD (English)
XNA Creators Club Online Academic Subscription
XNA Game Studio 3.0

Here’s what I did to get it:

  • Go to the sign-up page for students.
  • Fill out all relevant information and make sure you specify the $19 student membership.
  • After paying, log in.
  • Create a web account.
  • Log into web account.
  • Go to myACM tab and then click on My Services.
  • Click on the link for Access ACM’s Student Academic Initiative (SAI) Programs: Developer Academic Alliance (formerly MSDN AA)
  • Check the box to Opt-in.  You will probably get a message or email saying that it will be completed after payment is processed.  This may take up to 24 hours.  Keep checking back by revisiting that link…when you’ve been accepted, you will need to Opt-in again.  You will also be receiving an email from them that could end up in your SPAM folder, so check there too!  Mine came from system_mail@e-academy.com welcoming me to the MSDNAA Software System and it contained my login information.
  • Go to the link provided in the email
  • Sign in with the credentials sent to you.
  • Download tons of free, yet fully functional, Microsoft software!

I don’t know how long this will be available, so hurry!  It’s not joke and I’m not advertising for them.  I signed up late Tuesday night, was able to opt-in last night and was downloading this morning.   This came from Fatwallet and I actually became aware of it over at OCForums.  Enjoy!

Update:

You are required to provide a student ID and your adviser’s name to opt-in now.  I got this notification in an email last week at some point but did not have to add it since I already had received access to Elms.  I went ahead and put it in anyway (I’m a grad student :] )…just in case.

Update 2:

Windows 7 has been pulled from the software list, so if you were looking to grab that, you’ll have to wait for another offering.  There are still plenty of others available, so if you are interested in any server OSes or development tools, it is still well worth $19.  There is also DreamSpark if your university is listed and you have a valid student ID (it’s also completely free, but no Windows 7…just server OSes and a few development packages).

21 thoughts on “MSDN AA for $19. Hurry!

  1. fatal

    sweet, just signed up for it, i don’t believe i didn’t see this on slickdeals :/

    Thanks!

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    1. Jon Post author

      The only disappointing thing about it for me so far was that the Win7 is not the RTM…it’s still only the RC which expires. However, I do believe the Pro version is RTM and since it has Media Center included, it’s not that big of a deal. 2008 Server was initially not in the inventory either, but became available for me last night. It’s definitely a bargain for $19. There’s enough licenses in there to last me until the next Windows version (including the Vista ones too).

      Reply
  2. fatal

    yeah, it will be available once it’s officially released I believe (and yes i believe the PRO is the RTM version…hopefully they’ll have ultimate keys available :D

    Reply
  3. benwaynet

    No MS Office?? I’d just use this to get windows 7 and office. The rest of it isn’t too useful for home use.
    But its only $19….

    Reply
  4. Jeff

    Am I missing something on this site? I don’t see the MSDN option during the check out option. Can somebody shed some light on this?

    Reply
    1. Jon Post author

      After you have created your web account and logged in, go to the myACM tab, click on My Services and look for towards the middle of the page for the link “Developer Academic Alliance”. Click on that and choose the Opt-in option. Check your email for admittance to the program (it may go to spam also, so check there).

      Reply
  5. krom

    Thanks for the tip. Been working so far for the d/l’s. Hope they install okay.

    Reply
    1. Jon Post author

      I’ve yet to have a problem with any of them and I’ve tried out at least a dozen or more. I finished moving my primary system to the Win7 Pro x64 version this past weekend. Make sure you get all the keys for each download (i.e. other languages). They all work on the English versions…my Win7 install is using the French key on the English disc and activated fine.

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  6. RJ

    I just got my e-mail today and when I tried to log-on to MSDNAA I got:

    The Username and Password you entered are not valid in this system.

    There are two possible causes for this:

    1. You entered your Username or password incorrectly, or
    2. Your account has been disabled due to a change in your academic status. Your status may have changed as a result of withdrawing from a course(s) or graduating from school.

    Is this over now?

    Reply
    1. Jon Post author

      Did you use the username and password included in the email? It is not the same as your ACM login. If that’s not the case, then I don’t know…it’s still working for me.

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  7. RJ

    Yes, I used the ones from the e-mail. I just opt’ed out and opt’ed back in again, so will try again once I get another e-mail. Hopefully it works this time or I just wasted $19.

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  8. RJ

    I just got a new e-mail and this time it worked. Time to start downloading. Thanks for the post and keep up the good work. I love this website and look forward to reading your posts over TheMetaBrowser.com.

    Reply
  9. Manubu

    Iùve done everything; the paiement has been approved but when I follow the link Developer Academic Alliance (formerly MSDN AA) I get to a page that tells me all about the software I can get but then I have nowhere to click. Very confused. Maybe it is not working anymore?

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  10. MDC

    I clicked the middle where it has the “Developer Academic Alliance” but there’s not opt-in option.

    Reply
  11. obie

    I gave them my student number and advisors name and still nothing after 2 days…?

    Reply
  12. Jim

    it says it will take up to a week to “verify” once you update the student ID and advisor.

    Reply
  13. Jim

    Anyone who still currently has access can u see if windows 7 is still available? On the ACM page it says Windows7 is not part of the DeveloperAA

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    1. Jon Post author

      It’s no longer available. I believe you can still get it through IEEE.org for around $35 though.

      Reply

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