RETIRED: Free MSDNAA Access for all IEEE/ACM Student Members - 275 Programs /inc Windows 7, Vista, and XP Pro - No Classes Needed
I saw the thread earlier about the Windows 7 release being available on MSDNAA and thought this might be a post useful for some. The new OS was not available through my school. Mods, please feel free to merge with the other post, but I believe this warrants a separate thread. This is only good for CS, CE, and EE students, however, you do NOT have to be enrolled in any computer classes!
MSDNAA is the academic version of MSDN. You must be enrolled in a college or university to benefit from the program. However, it gives you free access to $1000s of dollars worth of Microsoft software.
As many of you may know. All Computer Science, Computer, and Electrical Engineers who are still in school are eligible for an IEEE Student membership. IEEE Student Membership will cost you $15 for a year until August 15 (tomorrow). Sign Up here.
Now the interesting part. Beginning in June, all IEEE student members were extended access to the IEEE MSDNAA website. Previously it was open only to the computer society. Information here.
So, if you are an IEEE student member, they are telling you that you have to renew your membership to access the MSDNAA. This is not true. Go to this "forgot password" site and enter the email address that you purchased your IEEE student membership. Check your email, and you should have a password to the MSDNAA. This will work even if you have already graduated, providing that you still have an active IEEE student account. You will be able to access the repository immediately.
If you aren't an IEEE Student member, and you are still eligible, PLEASE JOIN. It is worth the $30 (or $15 if ordered by today or tomorrow) just for the software, but it is also something else to list on your resume. Look around and see if you can find some IEEE societies that interest you, because those memberships will really stand out on your resume. If you are ordering today, keep in mind that the MSDNAA account will not be activated immediately. (It could take up to 8 days. It is the same way if you are signing up through your school. But then again, Win 7 isn't due out until October 22nd.) You should receive an email notifying you when it is activated.
EDIT MAY BE OPEN TO MORE THAN JUST CSEEs. YMMV See below.
Membership in the IEEE is open to individuals who by education or experience give evidence of competence in an IEEE designated field of interest. The designated fields are, in broad terms: Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, Physical Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Technical Communications, Education, Management, Law, and Policy.
Now go get more copies of your favorite M$ OS and software, I will try to post a list in the wiki of whats available.