The Computer and Information Science Department at Westfield State University subscribes to Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching program. Using this program, a great deal of Microsoft software is available, at no charge, to the Department’s faculty and students, as long as it is to be used for instructional and research purposes only. The software may be installed not only on departmental computers located on campus, but also on the personal computers of departmental faculty and students. In addition to the regular Microsoft products, students and faculty have access to a wide range of cloud enabled development tools and testing environments. With the advent of the cloud, applications are build in industry to harness its power and transform software systems in innovative ways. By having access to professional cloud development tools, students are empowered to learn, innovate and create all kinds of advanced applications including desktop apps, mobile apps, websites, games and many others.
The Computer and Information Science Department provides in person assistance with the program in its office located in Wilson 406A, and is typically overseen by the department’s interns. Following the registration of students in the program by the WSU program administrators, students receive an email providing them with their usernames and passwords, which they may use to access all Microsoft software and product keys and also all provided cloud services.
A vast amount of Microsoft software is available through this program, some examples are listed below. Generally, most Microsoft software is available through the program with the exception of MS Office and MS Publisher (Which are available through other options).