Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Microsoft to provide Professional and Design Tools For FREE to Indian Students

This is a big announcement for Indian Students. Bill Gates - Founder & Chairman of Microsoft Corporation today at IIT, Delhi announced the launch of Microsoft DreamSpark™ for India. Microsoft DreamSpark™ makes professional-level developer and design software available to students in India for FREE. These are the same software used in the industry, so ones the Students starts using them , they will make easy transition ones they step out of college.

The software is available online at: . These can also be availed at program partners NIIT, Aptech and Hughes Net fusion center as DVDs. One has to furnish proof of Identity as a student.

Today, Microsoft DreamSpark is available to university students across India. Microsoft DreamSpark will be expanded to include high school students by early 2009

Bill Gates, today at IIT Delhi launching DreamSpark,

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Software made available are:

Microsoft developer tools:

  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition*
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0*
  • 12-month free membership in the XNA Creators Club

Microsoft designer tools:

Expression Studio, including:

  • Expression Web*
  • Expression Blend*
  • Expression Design*
  • Expression Media*

Microsoft platform resources:

  • SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition
  • SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition*
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Virtual PC 2007*
    * The tools marked with the asterisk are also available on DVD.

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DreamSpark was launched few months back worldwide but India was not there. Now India has been included in this benefitting all the Indian Students to make use of their imagination in using these tools. Earlier Price was the main factor for Students in getting these tools and now they have been made available for Free! One has to wait and see how Microsoft controls piracy if someone misuses this wonderful facility as India has a bad record in piracy. I hope everybody understands this and does not misuse it.

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