Microsoft Imagine

The following article summarizes the Microsoft Imagine program details as applied to the UBC Okanagan campus.

What is Microsoft Imagine?

Microsoft Imagine is a Microsoft initiative that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes. Qualifying students, faculty, and researchers can obtain no-cost Microsoft operating system, server, and development tool licenses.

Who qualifies?

Computer Science faculty members and students, and students taking Computer Science courses.

School of Engineering faculty members and students, and students taking School of Engineering courses.

Staff do not qualify.

Can I use Imagine for research?

Yes. the licensing permits use for both research and teaching.

How do I request access?

See How do I get access to Microsoft Imagine? 

Qualifying students may automatically already have access.

How do I access the subscription?

Visit for further instructions on how to access your subscription.

What software is included?

There are over 200 different products are available through DreamSpark. Examples include:

  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
  • Visio
  • Project
  • Visual Studio
  • Many Microsoft server products [SQL Server, Hyper-V server, etc]
  • Many other Microsoft developer tools

Office 365 is not included with Microsoft Imagine, but is available at no charge for all UBC students through

What support does ITServices provide for Imagine software?

Microsoft Imagine software is available under a self-service model.

On supported UBC equipment, ITServices provides application software installation support.  We do not have the capacity to support operating system installs from Microsoft Imagine licenses.  Imagine users that need to run a different operating system are encouraged to use our freely available VMWare Workstation licenses.  Submit a ticket via our Helpdesk for more information.

ITServices does not provide support for Imagine software installed on personally owned devices.

Are there any licensing restrictions depending on whether I install Imagine software on University-owned, or personally-owned equipment?

No. The software can be installed on anything you want to install it on, provided it’s being used to support teaching and research.

Can I request the software be installed in campus computer labs?

Yes. If you are a faculty member and need any of this software installed in a computer lab, just follow these instructions and we’ll take care of it for you.

Where can I run Microsoft Server products?

For your own testing, you can use VMWare Workstation to install any of the Server products available under Imagine. 

If you are a faculty member looking to integrate Microsoft server products into your teaching or research, please submit a ticket so we can discuss the possibility of hosting it on our campus infrastructure server products only.

How do I get access to Microsoft Azure?

For more information about signing up for Microsoft Azure as part of the Microsoft Imagine program, please see the following article: How do I get access to free student credits with Microsoft Azure? 

How can I retrieve previously obtained license keys or serial numbers?

  1. Login to the Imagine web site
  2. On the top of the page, click the Your Account link
  3. Click the Download link next to the software package you want. Any serial number or additional download information for your product will be shown

How do I work with ISO files?

See the following article: How do I work with ISO files? 

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