Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (formerly: Microsoft Imagine)

NOTE: As of Feb 13, 2019 Microsoft Imagine has changed to Azure Dev Tools for Teaching.  Accounts will be created every semester on the Monday after Drop/Add is over (2nd week of classes).

The information on this page pertains ONLY to students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science or students taking classes in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. If you are not in this category, please contact your College’s IT Support Staff.

Welcome to the Florida Atlantic University College of Engineering and Computer Science support site for Azure Dev Tools for Teaching.

Azure Dev Tools for Teaching is a subscription to Microsoft developer products available to all Engineering Faculty, Staff, and Students. Any students enrolled in any course offered by the Engineering College  and it’s departments are eligible to participate in the program.

What is  Azure Dev Tools for Teaching?
Azure Dev Tools for Teaching is a free subscription program for technical departments in the areas of computer science, engineering and information systems. This subscription includes Microsoft platforms, servers, and developer tools software.

Anyone eligible to receive software from the  Azure Dev Tools for Teaching is allowed to keep and use the software as long as they wish, even after they have graduated from FAU or cease to be enrolled or employed by FAU. However, members can only obtain the software while they are in a faculty, staff, or student position in the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science. The Azure Dev Tools for teaching program licenses the software for academic and personal use. The software may not be used for commercial purposes.

What software programs are available?
A wide range of programming tools (Visual Studio), operating systems (Windows 10), software development and management (Visio and Project), servers (Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server) and other packages (Virtual PC) are available. The subscription basically covers all Microsoft development and server products. It does not include Microsoft Office, Front Page, or Microsoft Home products.

Can more than one software copy be ordered for multiple computers?
The Azure Dev Tools for Teaching is configured by Microsoft to provide a limited number of copies of each software product to each user. Usually that’s a single copy for a single computer but for some programs the license allows for two or more copies to be installed on two or more PCs. Requests for additional copies over and above what Microsoft has set as the limit will not be approved.

Note: The Azure Dev Tools for Teaching subscription administrator, E-Academy, keeps track of what software has been downloaded by each user. If a software copy has been deleted by mistake a new copy cannot be obtained.

 Azure Dev Tools for Teaching Accounts
Accounts for eligible students, faculty, and staff are generated automatically.

  • Student Accounts
    Student accounts are generated from university registration records at the beginning of each term AFTER DROP/ADD. They will be issued at the end of the drop-add period to all students who are taking a class offered by our College. The accounts are valid for the term of registration only and will expire or be extended at the end of drop-add for the next term. Students can obtain software only during the period when their  Azure Dev Tools for Teaching account is active, but once installed, the software can be used indefinitely, whether or not the student continues to be enrolled.Student accounts will be based on their FAU email address (example: and are preserved indefinitely to keep track of all downloads. The limitation of one copy of each software title is a lifetime limitation. Accounts are listed as inactive when students are not registered in our College, and are reactivated when they register for a new term.
  • Faculty and Staff Accounts
    Faculty and staff accounts are created after employment documentation has been finalized in the university system with the department, and will remain active until the member ceases to be employed by the department. Faculty and staff are registered using their e-mail addresses.

How to Obtain Software Once You Have an Account
To obtain software, you must go to the  Azure Dev Tools for Teaching, and log in. Select the software tab to view available software. Then select the software you wish to obtain and add it to your “Shopping Cart.” When you have finished selecting software, go to the shopping cart and select “Check Out” and follow the instructions provided.

All software can be obtained by download; in a few cases you can purchase CD’s with the software if desired.

  • Software Download
    High­ speed internet access is recommended for all downloads. Computers in the university laboratories can be used for download if necessary with the files burned to a recordable CD as described below. Note: Most of the programs range in size from 100 to 600 MB.
  • Download Process
    The download process is divided into two phases.

    1. Download a small installer program from the FAU Azure Dev Tools for Teaching Software Center site. This program also provides you with a unique product key needed to install the software. If you are using a lab system, save this file in your network storage drive.
    2. Run the installer. This downloads the actual software. Most of the software is distributed as CD image files in .iso format that have been compressed and encrypted. They will have the .sdc extension. The installer program will extract a .iso file that is a specially coded CD image or will create a directory containing the installation files. If you’re working on a lab system, be sure it has enough space. You will have to use temporary storage on the local hard disk for the CD image since you will not have sufficient space on your network drive.
  • Creating CDs
    For the next step you will need a CD recorder on your PC and a blank recordable  CD. The process is different depending on whether the software is distributed as an iso image or creates a directory with the installation files on your PC.

    1. Click Here for a PDF of instructions (
    2. For iso images: Check the instructions for the CD recording software installed on the PC for instructions on creating a CD from an iso image file. For instance, with EasyCD Creator, select File, Record CD from CD image, set the file type to .iso, select the image file, and record. The process will be similar, but likely different with different software.
    3. If you don’t have CD burning software, you can search on Google for “ISO CD Burner”. One free software choice can be found at
    4. For installation files in a directory: Use the normal process for creating a CD containing a collection of files. This is optional but highly recommended so you will have a backup.NOTE: We do not provide support on installation of software or burning the software onto a CD other than the instructions listed above.
  • Installation
    If there are multiple CDs for the product, be sure you have the full set before you begin installation. Follow typical installation procedures by placing the first CD in the drive. Most often, the installer will be loaded automatically. If it is not, you need to run the setup.exe program on the CD or the installation directory on your hard disk. Follow the instructions as they appear on screen to complete the installation. Note: Keep a record of the product key for future reference.

Technical Support
The College IT staff is not able to provide individual technical support for use of Azure Dev Tools for Teaching or the downloadable software. Technical support is generally limited to what is available on this site.

  • What is my product key?
    You can find the product key for software you have obtained through Azure Dev Tools for Teaching as follows:Log in at the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching  login screen. Select “Software” from the bar on the left.  Find your software and click on it .  Now click on the  “View key” button on the right side