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Microsoft Statewide Donation

To:Superintendents, Principals, Technology Directors, and Teachers
From:David P. Driscoll, Commissioner of Education
Date:December 2006


I would like to remind you of the Microsoft software donation that was announced in June this year. We believe this is the largest Microsoft contribution ever made to Massachusetts educational institutions. The donation will provide free access to the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) software applications. As part of this donation, Microsoft has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Education to make MSDNAA available to students at the more than 400 high schools throughout the state. Microsoft will work with the Department to share and discuss promising practices on the use of the software tools.

The donated software includes:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft e-Learning Library (MELL) collections:
    • General Programming
    • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
    • Programming in Visual Basic .NET
  • Teaching Tools CD
  • Student Tools CD
  • Teaching Tools Manual
  • Student Tools Manual
  • Introductory Kit
  • Monitored Newsgroups
  • MSDN Library
    • Documentation
    • Technical Articles
    • Code Samples

Microsoft Office and games are not included in this donation. However, students and faculty have access to the included software tools on their personal computers and in computer labs. This software donation will bring academic labs, faculty, and students up to the leading edge of software development.

Microsoft has set up a special web site for Massachusetts with details about this program ( The web site includes information on submitting an application, usage guidelines, and a complete list of applications and benefits. Schools can also e-mail for additional information.

Last Updated: December 6, 2006

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