software150Free Software for Computer Science Students

The School of Computer Science offers free Microsoft and VMWare software for their students. In order to qualify for the software you must be currently enrolled in a Computer Science course.

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching
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Microsoft Azure Development Tools for Teaching | Login

Microsoft Azure Development Tools for Teaching (formerly Imagine, Dreamspark or MSDNAA) allows Computer Science students access to all of the Professional Microsoft development software that is available on the market today, it essentially includes everything except for the MS Office suite of products. Download the Microsoft Dev Tools for Teaching Guide for more information. Refer to the ITS Azure page for more Carleton specific instructions:

Computer Science students can use their Carleton username and password (MyCarletonOne or cmail) to login to the MS Imagine storefront. Click on the link below and choose the blue ‘Sign In’ button.

NOTE: Microsoft software licenses typically do not expire, however the Azure Dev Tools software downloads are limited. Once you download the software make sure to backup the software installation. It is also a good idea to save the license key in case you need to re-install the software.

Free Microsoft Office:

VMWare | Login

VMWare is a virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructures. They offer various software products free to currently enrolled Computer Science students.

Computer Science students can use their SCS login and password in order to login to the VMWare storefront:

The login for staff is found here: VMWare Staff Login

Matlab | Login

Carleton University now has a Total Academic Headcount (TAH) license for MATLAB, Simulink, and add-on products. Students may use these products for research and learning. This license allows students to install the products on their personally owned computers and devices.

Detailed instructions are available once you login using your MyCarletonOne credentials:

More instructions:

For Faculty, Staff, and Grad TA & Research Students who are being paid by the University; Asset Managers will continue to add them to the Matlab TAH Campus or Concurrent Agreements. If a student wishes to set up a lab, then they can contact the SCS Help desk.


The OnTheHub web store gives students free and discounted professional-level software by participating companies like Adobe, IBM and Symantec.

More Free Software

There is a ton of free software and open source software available:

General Software

  • Virtualbox (Virtual Server Software to run course VirtualMachines)
  • MS Office (Microsoft Office 365 – Free for Carleton students)

Looking for the Computer Science course Virtual machines? Virtual Machines

Remote Access Software

You can use this software to connect to SCS servers remotely, including some of our main linux teaching servers, and your own Openstack and local VirtualBox servers (instances)



Other Software @ Carleton