> My apologies if this has been discussed in this forum or not; I don't
> recall seeing it.
> Can anyone comment on the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN) Academic
> Alliance programme? I can't imagine it's as inclusive as it looks, but it
> *seems* to offer pretty much all Microsoft products for use by students,
> instructors, and researchers for $800 annually. More information is at
> We currently participate in Campus Agreement 2.0; this appears to compete
> (favourably) with that programme.
> Any thoughts?
I expect that Microsoft considers the MSDN Academic Alliance program
as complementing rather than competing with the Campus Agreement
According to the "Fact Sheet" <http://register.msdnaa.net/factsheet.asp>,
the program is "designed specifically for academic labs, faculty, and
students in the curriculum areas of Computer Science, Engineering,
and Information Systems to make it easier and less expensive to get
Microsoft developer tools, platforms, and servers for instructional
and research purposes." Thus, the program applies to only a limited
number of academic units and covers only specific software.
Last time I looked, for example, MS Office was not included.
Stephen D. Franklin
Network & Academic Computing Services + Information and Computer Science
University of California
Irvine, California 92697-2225 Irvine, California 92697-3425
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