Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Microsoft products for students at free of cost

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The Microsoft DreamSpark student program makes available, at no charge, a broad range of development and design software for download. The program is now available to 11 countries, namely United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium. Microsoft plans to add more countries to this program in the coming months.

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The following products are available on DreamSpark

1. 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.

2. Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition

3. Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition

4. XNA Game Studio 2.0

5. 12-month free Academic membership in the XNA Creators Club

6. 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.

7. Expression Studio, including
• Expression Web
• Expression Blend
• Expression Design
• Expression Media

8. 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.

9. SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition

10. Windows Server, Standard Edition

Whoops!! That's a lot of stuff.

In order to get these software from Microsoft at no charge, you have to establish or verify your student status once every 12 months. This process is built into this DreamSpark site itself. You must also be at least 18 years old to avail this program. So kids and university passed out, stay out. :(

Microsoft DreamSpark

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