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Microsoft Azure for Academics

The Computer Information Technologies program pays an annual fee for membership in the Microsoft Azure for Academics subscription program. The program is sponsored by Microsoft through its Microsoft Developer's Network (MSDN). Microsoft also provides us with Office 365 ProPlus for Lansing Community College students to use on their personally owned computers. Visit the Office 365 page for details.

One of the main features of the Microsoft Azure for Academics program is the ability of students who are enrolled in Computer Information Technologies (most courses with a CIT prefix and GSCI prefix) courses to obtain software for their home computers at little or no cost. Under the Microsoft Azure for Academics program, students are permitted to continue using the software after the class ends. The software which the Computer and Information Technologies Program has chosen to make available to its students has over 200 titles and includes the following:

  • Advanced Threat Analytics
  • Agents for Visual Studio
  • Azure DevOps Server
  • BizTalk Server
  • Host Integration Server
  • Hyper-V Server
  • Machine Learning Server
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • R Server
  • Remote Tools for Visual Studio
  • SharePoint Server
  • Skype for Business Server
  • SQL Server Developer
  • SQL Server Enterprise
  • SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher
  • SQL Server Standard
  • SQL Server Web
  • System Center
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Visual Studio Community
  • Visual Studio Enterprise
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server

The procedure for obtaining this software is described below.

Students currently enrolled in an Computer Information Technologies Department course will be registered by their instructor after the third week of the semester (the end of the drop and add period).  Your instructor will send a list of the LCC e-mail addresses of students enrolled in their section to the Microsoft Imagine for Academics Subscription Administrator. The administrator will enroll the students by entering their LCC e-mail addresses into the Microsoft Imagine for Academics Management System. An e-mail containing your username (which is your complete LCC student e-mail address) and password will be sent to your LCC student e-mail address. You use this information to log into the Microsoft Imagine for Academics web site to request software.

Several students each semester report that they never receive this e-mail once they are registered. This may be due to e-mail filters which identify the e-mail as spam mail. If you do not receive, delete, or filter as spam the e-mail from containing your username and password information, follow the steps below to generate a second e-mail containing your password.

Below are the instructions for accessing the Microsoft Azure system:

  1. Using an InPrivate or Incognito browser go to
  2. Click on the blue 'Sign In' button and enter your school-provided email address and hit 'Next'.
  3. Enter the same password you're using for your school-provided email address then press 'Sign In'.
  4. Upon signing in, you may be asked to agree to the terms and conditions (for first time users). If not, you should see all the software titles available for download by searching the keyword 'Education' and choose the 'Education (preview)' from the list.
  5. Once you're on the Education Quick Start Pane, you'll see the software title list under the 'Software' menu.
  6. Once you have created or activated your Azure account, you can log in and select the software you wish to install on your computer from the Microsoft Azure for Academics Management System web site. The Azure URL for this web site is:  You must log into this web site to "purchase" selected software. The login username is your complete LCC student e-mail address. The password is your LCC email password.

The following delivery options are generally available, although not necessarily for all software.

  • Download the software from the Microsoft Azure for Academics web site.
    Downloads are recommended only for students with a high speed Internet connection. Students with laptops can use the LCC libraries high speed Internet connection for downloads. Students can also use computers in TLC 100 (Main campus) or WCB 123 (West campus) to download software and burn it to a CD.
  • Purchase the CD(s) at a nominal cost from a third party (within U.S. only).
    Once you have selected a software item, method of delivery and proceeded through the Check Out procedure you will be given a product key code. This code can also be found my clicking the My Software button and then clicking the invoice number for that product. Clicking the product name will display the product key (or serial number) which is required for installation of the software.

updated: August 28, 2019

Computer Information Technologies

Computer Information Technologies
West Campus, M103.4
Phone: (517) 267-6406

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