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IT Services News No. 147 Sep-Oct 2010

Microsoft DreamSpark Service for HKU Students

We are pleased to announce that University students can register for using the Microsoft DreamSpark service ( from early November 2010.  A bulk email message will be sent to all students when the service is available next week. 

From Microsoft, "DreamSpark provides professional-level developer and design tools to students and educators around the world at no charge.  These Microsoft tools will help you advance your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering activities."  Students can download, install and use ONE copy of the Microsoft software provided under the DreamSpark programme.  You can click here for an overview which highlights the key points about the DreamSpark service.  

As the programme is offered exclusively for use by students, we have done the necessary work to enable HKU students to get their student identity verified by creating a Windows Live account which bears the University’s domain name "".  Students will then be able to activate the DreamSpark service using the account provided and they will be prompted by Microsoft to get their student status verified once every 12 months.

To register for using the DreamSpark service, students please do the following:

1.   Register a Microsoft Windows Live account through HKU Portal (Login HKU Portal => in the new Portal page, under "My Page", click the link "Other HKU Portal Services" on the left pane => in the pop-up old Portal page,  click "Services tab" => Computer Centre Services => Register for MS DreamSpark).


2.   Upon receipt of the Windows Live account password, activate the Microsoft DreamSpark service with your account at the DreamSpark web site.  Details of the procedures can be found at

The use of Windows Live account is also a part of the pilot project that we are working to study the possibility of outsourcing the student email service.  Students registered to use will be invited to give feedback later on using the email and other Windows Live service provided by Microsoft.

Students are encouraged to read the FAQs about the Microsoft DreamSpark programme at  For enquiries or support service in using the DreamSpark, please contact their Support Team via

If you have other enquiries regarding the above service, please contact us at

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