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Microsoft Imagine (former DreamSpark/MSDNAA)

The IT-Services fo Freiburg University participate in the Microsoft Program Imagine, through which Microsoft offers developer-, IT Pro- and design-tools for IT-staff. The software is available for students and teaching staff. It can be installed on private computers if they are not used for commercial purposes. An infrastructural or administrative use is excluded.

 The offer comprises a multitude of software, for example, Microsoft Visual Studio, Windows Server, SQL Server, XNA Game Studio und Expression Studio, Kinect SDK or Azure Mobile SDK. Moreover, the installation of developer-accounts for the windows store and the windows phonestore is free of charge.

The office products Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are not included in Imagine!

Please note that there are two Imagine subscriptions on offer: Imagine Standard and Imagine Premium.

For members of the universtiy in "MINT"-subjects (more information below) a further offer is avaialble. They can acquire windows operation systems  via the download portal. Other university members (teaching staff and students in other subjects) can acquire Imagine Standard.

Please note: institutions cannot use this software for basic supply but only for using it in teaching.

More information on usage can be found here: EULAs . Please also note that by participating in the Imagine Program you agree to the EULAs conditions. 


Important NOTE 13.02.2019:

Imagine Premium and Standard has been changed by Microsoft to "Azure Dev Tools" on February 11th 2019.

Right now you can not purchase any software from the ELMS Webstore. You can only get the keys and files which you maybe have purchased before. We can´t say how to use the new program "Azure Dev Tools" because Microsoft did not inform anyone in Germany, how the change will impact the workflow. 

Right now you can not get any new products from Microsoft until we get to know how to proceed. 


Imagine Standard

Imagine Standard comprises all standard Microsoft Developer-, IT Pro-, and Design-tools, such as Visual Studio Professional, SQL Server, Windows Server und Windows Embedded, XNA Game Studio und Expression Studio, Kinect SDK or Azure Mobile SDK.

Who can use it?

All teaching staff and students at Freiburg University can use the Imagine Standard offer.

How can I use it?

Verification takes place through the uni-account. Software Download.

Imagine Premium

Imagine Premium comprises next to the software included in the standard program, an additional Windows basic system, Visual Studio Ultimate, Visio, Project, OneNote, BizTalk Server, und Share Point Server.

Who can use it? 

After considering the faculty structure of Freiburg University, Microsoft has determined a list of faculties with access rights in addition to "MINT"-faculties:


  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Mathetmatics and Physics
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmaceutics
  • Faculty of Biology
  • Faculty of the Environment and Natural Ressources
  • Faculty of Medicine

Alle teaching staff and students of these subject areas have usage rights for the offered software in the Microsoft Imagine Premium program.

Please note that Freiburg University has no influence on this list.

How can I use it?

Registration in the download portal takes place through registration with the IT-Services account. Software Download.

Note on the provided operating system

For students with rights for Imagine Premium, a Windows-license (Windows 7 XP) is necessary in order to install Imagine. Moreover they will need a qualifying basic license .

In the computer labs with Imagine Premium rights the operating system may be isntalled, even if no valid Windows-license is available.

In case of questions please contact: msdn@rz.uni-freiburg.de

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