This article provides information on:

  • Downloading Office 2016 for free.
  • Downloading and installing Microsoft development tools, operating systems, server software and documentation for free via DreamSpark, for educational and research purposes.
  • Downloading Windows 10 Education for free.
  • Download VMWare software for free.

Please note: STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

Office 365 including Office 2016 for free

Click here to see information on downloading MS Office.

To sign up for a free Microsoft Office 365 account and download Office 2016 click the button below:

To learn more about Office 365 visit the Office 365 Learning Centre.



Microsoft DreamSpark offers access to the latest Microsoft development tools, operating systems and server software all for free.

Any STEM department members can download and install the software in the programme on any lab machines and student PCs for educational and research purposes.

To view more information and find out the benefits of DreamSpark visit the



Windows 10 Education

Windows 10 (Education edition) is now available, free of charge, to ALL students, from the Microsoft web store. This is the same edition as that provided in the DreamSpark store (Which is limited to STEM departments) with the exception that only a single use license is supplied. To download this log into the web store above.

Even if you have already done the free upgrade to Windows 10 Home Edition on your personal machine, you are still encouraged to order Windows 10 Education. You will be receiving a much better version of Windows and simply need to enter your new Windows 10 Education product key via the Windows System menu to unlock the additional features. 
If you are a Windows XP or Vista user, then Windows 10 Education will also allow you to upgrade to Windows 10.
If you are a Mac user, you will be able to run Windows 10 Education on your Mac via virtualization software such as Parallels.

Please note: You will need to follow the instructions to register for DreamSpark before you may access this resource.


VMWare Academic Program

STEM departments gain access to a comprehensive suite of VMware products and a host of technical resources.  The free products provided are ideal for instructional and research use within academic institutions, and for gaining hands-on experience with core infrastructure products. Included products are:

  • VMware Workstation
  • VMware Fusion
  • VMware eLearning and VMware Sales Professional training materials
  • VMware vCloud  Suite Standard
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise
  • VMware vCenter Server Standard
  • VMware vCloud Director
  • Unlimited downloads of their most popular products, with renewable 365-day fully functional licenses (limited to a single license key per product, per user)
  • eLearning material that allows users to gain introductory practical knowledge of VMware products
  • Discounted vouchers for Certification Examinations

The free single use licenses provided through The VMware Academic Program may be used for instruction and non-commercial research only.

VMWare Academic Program EULA




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