011: Can I buy software at reduced prices through Mines?
Campus Computing, Communications, and Information Services (CCIT) no longer sells software of any kind. However, many software companies offer discounts of up to 90 percent for students, faculty, and staff of educational institutions. Members of the Mines community may order software for Windows and Mac online at academic prices through third-party educational discounters such as Campus E-Store (http://campusestore.com).
In addition, Mines has ongoing purchase agreements with important software providers such as Microsoft. To purchase a license for discounted Microsoft software for use on a school-owned computer, submit a support request to the Mines Help Center (http://helpdesk.mines.edu) and ask for details on the Mines "Microsoft Select" software agreement.
Finally, almost all Mines academic departments participate in the Microsoft Imagine Premium program. Through this program, students taking classes in one of these departments during the current semester can obtain most Microsoft software -- except Microsoft Office -- for their personally owned machines at no cost to them. See the Microsoft Imagine Premium web page for more details, including a list of participating departments.
The Microsoft Imagine Premium program was formerly known as the Microsoft DreamSpark program. DreamSpark was formerly known as "MSDNAA," the Microsoft Developer's Network Academic Alliance.