Microsoft Azure Dev Tools (Imagine)
By Microsoft
For Students

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (previously "Imagine") offers Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on your career.

LSU is enrolled in a campus-wide Microsoft Azure Dev Tools Standard Subscription.


  • Students: All students are eligible for Imagine.
  • Faculty and Staff: Please refer to the Microsoft Azure Dev Tools FAQ to see if your use is eligible.

Software items included:

  • Visual Studio Community (free version)
  • Microsoft Expression Studio
  • Windows Server Standard
  • SQL Server
  • XNA Game Studio
  • and more...

If you are in a STEM department, you are eligible to purchase a subscription for Azure Dev Tools from the Azure website.
If you are trying to obtain the full version of Visual Studio, please contact your departmental IT person as this is purchased separately through Microsoft Select.

If you would like to see the differences between Premium and Standard or would like purchase Premium, please refer to Microsoft Azure Dev Tools Subscription Information.

For more information, please visit the Azure Dev Tools home page.

For information on past free resources, please see: Microsoft Imagine: LSU Overview.

ReSharper Ultimate
By JetBrains
For Students, Faculty

ReSharper is a Visual Studio extension for .NET developers. It extends Visual Studio with over 1700 on-the-fly code inspections for C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, JavaScript, TypeScript and other technologies. For most inspections, ReSharper provides quick-fixes (light bulbs) to improve code in one way or another. ReSharper Ultimate includes ReSharper, ReSharper C++, dotCover, dotTrace, and dotMemory all bundled into one license. 

 If you would like to download ReSharper Ultimate for free, please see the following TigerWare article: JetBrains Student Pricing

Microsoft Imagine Academy
By Microsoft
For Students, Faculty, Staff

The Microsoft Imagine Academy was an online training resource available for those in the LSU community who are interested in tapping into over 300 Microsoft e-learning courses, many of which lead toward information technology industry certifications. This included over 100 collections of e-learning courses, including but not limited to: Microsoft Office, Lynx, Project, Visio, Sharepoint Designer, Sharepoint Workspace, Office 365, Windows Server, Windows OS, SQL Server courses, .NET, Visual Studio, Digital Literacy, and many other courses.

Imagine Academy has changed and is no longer offered this way, however there are still several offline courses available via the GROK article Overview below.

For additional information see: Microsoft Imagine Academy: LSU Overview.