How about getting a copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft Expression Studio and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for FREE ? How about having many more developer and testing tools at no charge? Does that sound too good to be true ? But it is true. You can get all these Software, if you are a Student. Students woldwide will be able to download these Professional Tools for free under Microsoft DreamSpark Student program.
Bill Gates unveiled the Microsoft DreamSpark student program (http://channel8.msdn.com/). The program is now available to more than 35 million college students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. The program will be further expand to include colleges from other countries, thus potentially reaching up to 1 billion students worldwide.
Earlier all Express Editions of Visual Studio were made available for free, but under DreamSpark a Student can get Professional Tools. This is fantastic!! Really Exciting news for Students !!
The following cutting-edge software will be available to empower students to unlock their ingenuity by building critical skills:
Microsoft developer tools : Visual Studio is the Swiss Army knife of computer programming. These professional-grade products provide a security-enhanced and reliable environment, enabling students to program everything from a cell phone to a robot or to create their own Web page. Students will also be able to invent compelling new gaming content and make their dream game a reality by porting their creations to their Xbox 360 console.
•Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
•Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
•XNA Game Studio 2.0
•12-month free Academic membership in the XNA Creators Club•
Microsoft designer tools: This ultra-versatile suite of tools will enable students to vividly bring their creative visions to life in vibrant new Web site designs and more effective digital content, including animation, imagery and photography.
•Expression Studio, including
Microsoft platform resources: The foundation for development and design platforms, these products deliver a security-enhanced, reliable and manageable environment for students to more quickly turn ideas into reality.
•SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
•Windows Server, Standard Edition
Apart from these Professional Tools, Express editions were already made avaialable for free.
If you are interested in development, also check Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio
and Codeplex QuickApps
For more details on DreamSpark, Please check these links:
- Press Release: Microsoft Gives Students Access to Technical Software at No Charge to Inspire Success and Make a Difference
- Microsoft DreamSpark Q&A
and - Microsoft DreamSpark
And also watch what Bill Gates say about it on Channel8 video - Bill Gates talk about Free Software, Students and Technology
Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology