Free software from Microsoft

How to get free software from Microsoft

Students enrolled in a Science course or program are also entitled to a FREE DreamSpark Premium Subscription.


Microsoft DreamSpark Premium Subscription

DreamSpark Premium is a Microsoft Program that provides FREE access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes. Any active UBC students enrolled in at least one STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) course or registered in a STEM program or specialization in the Faculty of Science is eligible to download selected Microsoft operating system, server and development tools, for your personal device, to support teaching and learning purposes only.

Any faculty member employed to teach STEM courses to your students, assist with STEM courses, labs or programs for your students, or conduct non-commercial STEM research on your behalf are also eligible.

Please follow this Dreamspark Premium link (link is external) and sign on with your UBC CWL account.

For more information about DreamSpark Premium, please visit the Official DreamSpark site (external link).

Product Keys

Product Keys are required to install most of the software provided by the DreamSpark Premium program. Keys are obtained on-line after your login with your UBC CWL.

Note: Users are limited to one key per software program. However, multiple versions of operating systems are provided (example: 32 bit and 64 bit), and can both be used.

Windows 10 Privacy Concerns?

When setting up Windows 10, please remember to review your privacy settings. Lifehacker provides a short summary of what these settings do, as does this CNet article.

Microsoft Office 365

NOTE: Although MS Office 365 is available to you, we highly recommend you use LibreOffice instead. LibreOffice is Free and Open Source Software, available for everyone to use, share and modify. It is available for Windows, Macs and Linux computers.

All active UBC students with a valid CWL account now qualify for a free Office 365 subscription, which includes free downloads of: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Students running Windows can also install Publisher and Access. The software lasts for one year after the initial download and can be installed on up to five devices including iPad/iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. To access the software, follow this link:

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