DreamSpark – Your Free Pass to More Microsoft Products

ITS has negotiated to add Microsoft’s DreamSpark Standard offering to the software available for all faculty, staff and students through the myNEU portal. This provides access to more than 50 of Microsoft’s more advanced products – including Visual Studio, Visio, SQL Server, and Windows Azure – for installation on your personal computer. See the full available list below.

Go to the Free and Discounted Software section on myNEU, sign in to the vendor’s server with your myNEU username and password, and you will find everything in the Standard version under the DreamSpark tab (click to enlarge).

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In addition, several groups around Northeastern have their own licenses for the expanded Premium version of DreamSpark, which includes Project and more than 500 other software titles. The academic groups are:

  • D’Amore-McKim School of Business – Business Administration
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Professional Studies
  • College of Computer and Information Science

If you are in any of those programs, reach out to your IT point of contact for additional access information.


Full list of DreamSpark Standard products:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  • Microsoft Visio 2010
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft Expression Studio 4
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6
  • Microsoft ASP.NET MVC
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2013
  • Microsoft OneNote 2013
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools
  • Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant – Oracle V2.0
  • Microsoft Virtual PC
  • Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 6
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Technical Preview
  • Microsoft Windows Azure
  • Microsoft Windows Embedded 2013
  • Microsoft Windows Embedded 8
  • Microsoft Windows SDK
  • Microsoft Windows Server Technical Preview
  • Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4
  • Microsoft Kinect for Windows SDK
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4
  • Microsoft AutoCollage 2008
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft Kodu Game Lab
  • Microsoft Small Basic
  • Microsoft Windows Web Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0
  • Microsoft Surface 1 SDK
  • Microsoft Songsmith
  • Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
  • Microsoft Expression Studio 3
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008
  • Microsoft Office MapPoint 2010
  • MapPoint 2010 Microsoft Mathematics 4.0
  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008
  • Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011
  • Microsoft Office Project Server 2010
  • Microsoft Windows Automated Installation Kit
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2010
  • Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Driver Kit
  • Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3
  • Microsoft MSDN Library for Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Microsoft Windows Phone
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5
  • Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Mouse SDK
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Embedded
  • Microsoft Office Servers 2007

Student Advantage = Free Microsoft Office

As announced over the summer, students can now get the entire Microsoft Office suite for FREE during their time here at Northeastern.

Under the Student Advantage program, Northeastern is offering all active students the chance to download the latest version of Microsoft Office – currently Office 2013 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac. This program provides Office 365 ProPlus to students, and allows you to install the full suite of applications on up to five computers AND on up to five devices.

There’s more to come – by December 2014, Northeastern will roll out additional Office 365 features, including OneDrive for Business, an online file storage service with 1 TB of storage space, and the full mobile experience.

So how do you get it?
It is right on the myNEU portal. Just log in with your myNEU username and password, go to Self-Service, and look for the Microsoft Student Advantage section. That will have the link to the Office 365 portal where you can download the latest version of Microsoft Office for your computer (the Microsoft portal auto-detects your operating system).

Full download instructions are available here.

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Microsoft Office ProPlus – Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac
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Microsoft Office ProPlus – Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows

As the name says, Office 365 ProPlus through the Student Advantage program is tied to your status as an active student. This means a couple things:

  1. When you install any copy of Office downloaded through the Student Advantage portal, you will be prompted to log in to Office 365. This requires a slightly different username than what you’re used to – you’ll still use your myNEU password, but your Office 365 username is [myNEU username]@northeastern.edu. For example, if your myNEU username is kinghusky, your Office 365 username is kinghusky@northeastern.edu.You only need to use this username for Office 365 applications and services.
  2. Free is not forever. Once installed, Office will prompt you every 30 days to authenticate that you are still an active student. Use that same Office 365 username and your myNEU password. When you are no longer in our system as an active student, whether you have graduated or withdrawn, Office 365 ProPlus will no longer work. Students are given a 30 day grace period before their Office 365 account no longer exists.

What do I get?

Office 2013 (Windows)

  • Word 2013
  • Excel 2013
  • PowerPoint 2013
  • OneNote 2013
  • Access 2013
  • Publisher 2013
  • Outlook 2013
  • Lync 2013
  • InfoPath 2013

Office 2011 (Mac)

  • Word 2011
  • Excel 2011
  • PowerPoint 2011
  • Outlook 2011

Now, many of you are probably thinking: Wait, I already paid for Office…

If you already own Office, that’s great! Again, Office 365 ProPlus is tied to your active student status versus any version you already own, which is yours to keep whether you are at Northeastern or not. While you are at the university, though, if you download the Student Advantage version, you’ll have the latest version of Office, and then in a few months you will also get OneDrive for Business and the mobile apps. Don’t worry, Office 365 ProPlus will not overwrite any previous versions.

For more information, check out the Microsoft Student Advantage – Office 365 ProPlus page. And the ITS Service Desk is always available, 24/7, and can be reached by either e-mail at help@neu.edu or by phone at 617.373.4357 (xHELP).