Azure Dev Tools (Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Project)

How To Access Azure Dev Tools for Teaching Including Visio Pro, Access, and Project

According to Microsoft, “Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (previously known as Microsoft Imagine Standard and Premium) is a subscription-based offering for accredited schools and departments providing access to tools commonly used in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. It provides professional developer and designer tools, software, and services from Microsoft to your faculty and students. It includes our latest technologies and cloud services to inspire and excite students. And, it provides educators a diverse set of resources to ensure their classrooms challenge, engage, and motivate students in new ways.”
Dev Tools for Teaching is a new offering that is continuing to grow. The information provided in this how-to is only current as of August 2019. Through Dev Tools for Teaching, USMA Staff, Faculty, and Students have the ability to download software such as Microsoft Visio Pro, Microsoft Project Professional, and Microsoft Access. If you do not have the ability to install software on your machine, these software packages are available in Software Center, and you’ll only need to use Dev Tools for Teaching to get license keys.

In order to get access to the services and software offered through Dev Tools for Teaching, use the following steps. If you are NOT a local admin on your machine contact your DCO/submit a ticket for assistance:

1. Browse to

2. Scroll down and click “All services”, under Azure services:

3. Search for Education, open Education and select “Claim your Azure credit now” OR go to

4. A new tab will open at which you can active your “Azure for Students” account. Click “Activate Now”.


5. Follow the prompts to enter your personal information and agree to the terms of service. After you click “Sign up”, it will take a few minutes for your account to be created.

6. Once your account has been created, you will be returned to with new software available.

7. From here, you can search for specific tools such as Visio, Project, or Access.

8. Once you find what you are looking for, click on it to view the Product Key and Download in the right panel.

  • At the bottom of the panel Click the Download button
  • The download will begin, once download is complete, run the installer.
  • If you’re prompted to install the 64-bit version, Click Install 64-bit
  • Click  View Key, and copy the product key (you will use the key when the installation completes)

*If you do not have local administrator rights to install software on your machine, contact your Department Computer Officer.


9.  Go to your Downloads folder and “Extract” the downloaded file (it will be a .iso file) by right-clicking on the file and then selecting “Extract”.  Then double click the Setup.exe file in the extracted folder.  *The installation notification may close your other Office applications like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Outlook and will look like this.

10.  After installation is complete Project will be listed in your applications.  When you open it the first time it will ask you for a product key (Shown below).  Enter the key you copied from in Step 8 above in the box provided and click “Activate Office.”  Your installation is now complete.



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