Microsoft Imagine Premium


Microsoft Imagine Premium is a Microsoft program to provide students with software design and development tools at no charge. The program was originally available for university/college students in Belarus, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, the U.K. and the U.S., but has now been expanded to more than 80 countries and is offered to many high school students. To register, students must visit the Microsoft Imagine Premium website and verify their identity. If an institution is not listed on the available list, the user may manually verify their student status by uploading a proof such as an ID card.

The DreamSpark program was announced by Bill Gates on February 19, 2008 during a speech at Stanford University. It is estimated that up to 35 million students will be able to access these software titles free of charge through this program. DreamSpark was renamed Microsoft Dreamspark Imagine on September 7, 2016.


Everybody at UB has limited Microsoft Imagine availability at UB's Kivuto WebStore. Kivuto is Microsoft's corporate software distribution partner. You can download recent versions of Microsoft Windows here. Login with your UBIT credentials.

UB students and faculty who are registered in or instruct STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) academic programs are eligible for Microsoft Imagine Premium accounts, though account availability is determined by departmental policies. Microsoft Imagine Premium accounts are only valid for the duration of the semester in which you are registered for or instruct the courses listed below.

  1. If you are registered in one or more CSE, CEN, or BCS courses, CSE IT will issue you a Microsoft Imagine Premium account that will be valid for the semester in which you're registered.
  2. If you are registered in specific management (MG*) course sections, your instructor will issue you a Microsoft Imagine Premium account that will be valid for the semester in which you're registered. Microsoft Imagine Premium accounts are not issued to other Management students.
  3. Other School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) students who wish to be issued a Microsoft Imagine Premium account but are not registered in one or more CSE, CEN, or BCS courses should contact


  1. Login to the UB Microsoft Imagine Premium site.
  2. Your Username is:
    • [UBITName]
  3. Your Password is:
    • Whatever Microsoft/Kivuto emailed you after CSE authorized your account (you should have received this email in the 2nd or 3rd week of the semester). The CSE staff never sees this password; however, we can reset it for you if you ever forget it.


  1. Password Reset. If you lose or forget your password, we will reset it for you. Either mail from your UBIT e-mail account, or visit one of these offices during business hours with your UB Card (we must verify your identity so we don't reset your password for a malicious imposter).

    Your Major Office System Administrator
    CSE, CEN, BCS Davis 314 Maria-Rose Frisina
    Davis 314 Ed Sobczak
    Davis 355 Christian Miller
    Management Jacobs 133 Dave Costello


  1. Microsoft Imagine Premium is a licensing agreement that permits distribution of software by direct download from Microsoft ELMS (e-academy License Management System) servers. UB Computer Science (CSE), Computer Engineering (CEN), and BioInformatics/Computer Science (BCS) students, faculty, and staff are authorized to participate in the Microsoft Imagine Premium program. This includes all student headcounts (registered students) who are registered in one or more CSE, CEN, or BCS courses, in addition to CSE, CEN, and BCS majors and minors.


  1. If you need help, email This email alias includes the Computer Science and Engineering IT staff, the School of Engineering Node Services (SENS) ftaff, and School of Management IT staff.


  3. UB Microsoft Imagine Premium site
  4. UB Microsoft Imagine site
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