Academic Alliances

The department belongs to many academic programs, including Apple, Microsoft, and VMWare. We also use many cloud services, not covered here.

The department has active memberships in various academic alliance programs:

Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN AA)

The Computer Science Department is a member of the MSDN Academic Alliance.

If you already know your login info, visit

With this membership, any student who takes a computer science course will have an account to download the latest development tools, operating systems, server software, documentation, and technical references at his/her fingertips for free.

If you need to retrieve your username and password, try this:

  • Username and Password: Your username is your Loyola email address. The email address must be entered in the form of
  • Click the Sign In button on the top right. Click the button in forgot your username or password? section for a reminder. Check your Loyola email to get your password.

Please note that the MSDNAA excludes Microsoft Office. All Loyola University Chicago students have access to Microsoft Office 365. See for details. (This does not cover faculty and staff, who need to get their own subscription.)

If you have a Mac running OS X, you can download VMware (see below) and install it. Then install Windows and other Windows applications as usual.

VMware Academic Program (VMAP)

The Computer Science Department is a member of the VMware Academic Program (VMAP).

VMware provides VMware Workstation and other virtualization products, which are helpful for users who may want to run Windows, Linux, and other operating systems on their Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux computers.

  • Mac users should download VMware Fusion.
  • Windows or Linux users should download VMware Workstation.

If you already know your login info, visit

Apple Developer Program

The Computer Science Department is a member of the Apple Developer Progarm.

Information can be found at

This program requires a bit of special handling, so please contact the lab manager at people{.interpreted-text role=“doc”} to be enrolled.

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