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011: Can I buy software at reduced prices through Mines?


Information & Technology Solutions (ITS) no longer sells software of any kind. However, many software companies offer discounts of up to 90 percent for students, faculty, and staff of educational institutions. Members of the Mines community may order software for Windows and Mac online at academic prices through third-party educational discounters such as Campus E-Store (

In addition, Mines has ongoing purchase agreements with important software providers such as Microsoft. Departmental agreements with the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching program allow eligible students and faculty to download select Microsoft software including Windows (but not Microsoft Office) at no charge. To learn how to access the software list and download your desired product, visit our Azure Dev Tools for Teaching knowledge base article.

A different program allows Mines students, faculty, and staff to set up an Office 365 online account and download Microsoft Office Pro Plus for personal use on up to five different devices. (Rules about purchasing Office for school-owned computers still apply). Visit our Microsoft Office 365 page for details.


The Azure Dev Tools for Teaching program was formerly known as the Microsoft Imagine Premium program and before that as the Microsoft DreamSpark program. DreamSpark was formerly known as “MSDNAA,” the Microsoft Developer’s Network Academic Alliance.