Microsoft to give Free Developer Software To Students

Microsoft is announcing right now DreamSpark, a new program that gives free developer, designer and related software to college students in 11 countries. DreamSpark goes live today in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, and gives away free stuff like Visual Studio, Expression Studio, and even Windows Server.

The full list of free software:
    * Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
    * Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
    * XNA Game Studio 2.0
    * 12-month free membership in the XNA Creators Club
    * Expression Studio, which includes Expression Web, Expression Blend, Expression Design and Expression Media
    * SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
    * Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition
    * Sql Server Developer Edition
    * Virtual PC 2007
    * Visual Basic 2005
    * Visual C++ 2005
    * Visual C# 2005
    * Visual J# 2005
    * Visual Web Developer 2005

Channel 8 now has a video interview with Bill Gates about DreamSpark (requires Silverlight):

Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology

DreamSpark is live now at downloads.channel8.msdn.com

In the U.S., you need to get verified through Journeyed. In France, this site, in Switzerland, Microsoft’s Student Download site. In other countries, you need to obtain an ISIC card to get the software. Journeyed has 1,500 universities in its database.

via InsideMicrosoft


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