Microsoft Academic Resources
At Microsoft, we have numerous programs to help ensure the success of students and faculty across Canada.
Students Resources - Careers, Technology and Connections
Microsoft Student is your one-stop-shop for information from Microsoft for students. Highlights include downloads, news, events, and career information. This should be your homepage!
Microsoft Student Lounge
Microsoft Student Lounge is THE place to be for STUDENTS to connect with other members of the community. Stay plugged into tech news and share in the experience with students around the world just like you who want to see their creations come to life. Get the inside scoop about products and technologies from Microsoft.
Microsoft DreamSpark (FAQ) enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge. Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students, like you, to download professional-level Microsoft developer tools to advance your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.
The world's premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup (FAQ) is one way Microsoft is encouraging young people to apply their imagination, their passion, and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world – today. Now in its eighth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a global event. In 2008, more than 200,000 students from 100 countries entered the Imagine Cup competition.
DevelopMental Game Camp
XNA Creators Club
The XNA Creators Club is a Community all about games made by you and Creators like you. It’s free and easy to join. You’ll get powerful tools for making your own games on Microsoft® Windows®, Zune®, and Xbox 360®, and an arsenal of educational and Community resources on the XNA Creators Club Online Web site. Create your games, submit them for review by the Community, and sell the games you create on the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace. It's game development for everyone!
At Microsoft, we take pride in our ability to reach out to many diverse groups and provide opportunities for people to learn more about and engage in technology. Our DigiGirlz programs provide high school girls with opportunities to learn about careers in technology, talk with Microsoft employees about their life experiences, and enjoy hands-on computer and technology workshops. DigiGirlz programs are offered worldwide at several Microsoft locations. All programs are free of charge for attending students.
Microsoft Student to Business
The Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) program is a community initiative designed to connect Microsoft partners and customers with qualified students for entry-level and internship positions. The objective of the Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) program is to inspire local businesses to communicate the competency requirements for new talent, to evaluate the skills of students ready for an entry-level job or internship and collaborate with Microsoft and local education institutions to provide the curriculum and training needed to ensure students are prepared to meet the innovation needs of company’s around the globe. Students engaged in the Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) program benefit from unique mentoring, training and certification opportunities. Various offerings are available to students at each stage of Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) – when profiling, in application and after their job connection.
The Ultimate Steal
Target the next generation of devices through Windows Embedded!
Faculty Resources - Connections, Curriculum and Technology
Microsoft Research (MSR) is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Its goals are to enhance the user experience on computing devices, reduce the cost of writing and maintaining software, and invent novel computing technologies. Microsoft Research (MSR) also collaborates openly with colleges and universities worldwide to advance the field of computer science.
Microsoft Faculty Connection
Microsoft Faculty Connection is designed to address the challenges you face in teaching technology students. It takes time and preparation to keep students engaged while giving them a fundamental understanding of theory, to provide labs and assignment that inspire innovation and to integrate professional tools and skills that will prepare students for successful careers. To aid your preparation and save you time, Microsoft Faculty Connection features content and valuable tools that are exclusive, free, and designed to support technology educators like you. The site offers curriculum, free software, members-only forums, insight into Microsoft's latest initiatives, as well as, access to regional events and training.
Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center (Microsoft Faculty Connection) is your source for customizable curriculums and valuable in-class programs. You’ll find ready-to-personalize lesson plans, training materials, sample projects, and competitions designed to motivate students.
Microsoft IT Academy
The Microsoft IT Academy program enables academic learning institutions to connect the world of education to the world of work by enabling faculty and students to acquire new technology skills in an academic setting. Microsoft IT Academies benefit from world-class Microsoft curriculum and cutting-edge software tools to experience real-world challenges in the classroom environment.
Windows Academic Program
The Windows Academic Program provides universities with curriculum materials, Windows kernel source code, and a project environment for teaching operating system principles using Windows.
MSDN Academic Alliance
MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) is the easiest and most inexpensive way for students and faculty in the technology and design fields to get the latest Microsoft software they need. MSDN AA now refers to a family of memberships available to meet the different needs of the academic audience.